Cabal and RPM redux

Ian Lynagh igloo at
Mon Mar 26 20:42:09 EDT 2007

On Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 04:32:36PM -0700, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> Since my last attempt to add RPM support didn't go anywhere, I'd like to 
> figure out what's a good way to make progress.
> If I were to contribute a standalone program called cabal-rpm (just as 
> cabal-install is a standalone program), would that be acceptable to add 
> to the darcs repo?

I keep meaning to speak to Duncan about whether we can put cabal-install
(and any others) into its own repo. Duncan?

The current source arrangement is a little odd, and I think Simon
Marlow, Duncan and I agreed that cabal-install shouldn't come with a
minimal GHC (as it would pull in things like HTTP, FTP, SSL, ...
libraries, either now or in the future) while a minimal GHC has to
include Cabal.

I'd still expect cabal-install to come with the Windows install, Linux
bindists etc. Package-based distributions wouldn't need to include it
with GHC as there's no bootstrapping issue.

So in answer to your actual question, personally I think cabal-rpm
should be in its own package.


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