File locations for cabal-install
alson at alsonkemp.com
Thu May 18 10:55:03 EDT 2006
> A question for the group:
> Where should cabal-install's various files go?
> None of the cabal-install files is dependent on a particular
> of Cabal or GHC, so the files do not need to be stored in
> versioned-directories (e.g. Cabal-1.1.5 or Cabal-1.1.5/ghc-6.4.2).
> server.list - one line config file with the Hackage server
> basically never modified;
> package.list - the listing of packages available on the Hackage
> packages/ - the directory in which all of the downloaded packages
> are stored.
> 1) Proper: /etc/server.list,
> /var/local/lib/cabal-install/packages/. A bit dogmatic and I'm not
> sure how it maps onto non-*nix systems, but it's the Right Thing to
> on *nix.
> 2) Easy: everything goes in $lib-prefix/cabal-install. Isn't the
> prettiest solution, but it's functional. Maps onto Windows well.
> Users will never directly see or use these files, so
> $lib-prefix/cabal-install. (GHC does this with its package.conf.)
> 3) [other suggestions?]
> I think that Isaac prefers Option 1 because it's the proper way to do
> things; I prefer Option 2 because it's a pretty good solution even if
> it isn't *nixy.
> Opinions? Arguments? Suggestions?
> - Alson
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