[Haskell-beginners] cabal install errors & issues

Benjamin Edwards edwards.benj at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 19:50:26 CEST 2012

It really depends on what you are looking to teach!

For professional dev with lots of packages and different projects then
sandboxing is a must.

I imagine for a lab you could get away with what's in the haskell platform.
I got cabal-dev going on a windows box not too long ago. When I get home I
will have a tinker.

I am sure someone with more windows experience than I can chime in.
On Aug 16, 2012 6:28 PM, "Gregory Guthrie" <guthrie at mum.edu> wrote:

> Thanks for the clarification and info.
> From this I then deduce:
>   Using "cabal install" is dangerous, and leads to broken package
> structure (inconsistent package versions and shadowing).
>   Better to use cabal-dev,
>     But it requires network, which is external to Haskell, and a pain to
> build (on windows)...
> Thus, no good solution on Windows - is this right?
> Since Windows is 94%+ of computing environments today (all of our labs use
> Windows, and "standard" IDEs), then Haskell is not a good fit?
> We want to use Windows since that is what students will generally see in
> their professional environments.
> I hope not...!!  :-)
> -------------------------------------------------------
> >> Ahh, I think network is a pain to build on Windows.
> >>  I don't as a rule do any haskell on windows because of the headaches
> of msys / mingw.
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