cabal-install build-dep error

Olivier Thauvin nanardon at
Sun May 13 15:56:39 EDT 2007

Le dimanche 13 mai 2007, Adrian Burciu a écrit :
> Hello,
> I am a beginner in Haskell, and I am having a problem using
> cabal-install when I try to install the dependencies for a .cabal
> file.
> If I use <sudo cabal-install install package_name> I am able to
> install every package, one by one. When I installed cabal-install I
> had no problems and everything went on smoothly.  These are the last
> lines when I installed it:
> [16 of 16] Compiling Main             ( src/CabalInstall.hs,
> dist/build/cabal-install/cabal-install-tmp/Main.o )
> Linking dist/build/cabal-install/cabal-install ...
> optimus:/usr/local/cabal-install_0 turingson$ sudo runghc Setup.lhs install
> Installing: /usr/local/lib/cabal-install-0.3.0/ghc-6.6 &
> /usr/local/bin cabal-install-0.3.0...
> optimus:/usr/local/cabal-install_0 turingson$
> Here is the error I am getting when I try to use build-dep:
> optimus:/usr/local/hope turingson$ sudo cabal-install build-dep hope.cabal
> cabal-install: hope.cabal:9: Parse of field 'build-depends' failed:
> optimus:/usr/local/hope turingson$
> That is the only error I am getting. Here is part of the content of
> the hope.cabal file:
> License-file: LICENSE
> Build-depends:
>   base,
>   network,
>   mtl,
>   parsec
> Do you know what I may be doing wrong or what can I do to work this around?

I am not an expert but I think all words should be on only one line, after 

Hope this help.

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