[Hackage] #177: Include-dirs, extra-lib-dirs with spaces doesn't work under Windows

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Mon Nov 12 17:13:43 EST 2007

#177: Include-dirs, extra-lib-dirs with spaces doesn't work under Windows
  Reporter:  guest    |        Owner:         
      Type:  defect   |       Status:  new    
  Priority:  normal   |    Milestone:         
 Component:  Cabal    |      Version:
  Severity:  normal   |     Keywords:         
Difficulty:  normal   |   Ghcversion:  6.6    
  Platform:  Windows  |  
 Trying to build the HDBC-PostGreSQL database driver[1] revealed some poor
 handling of pathames under Windows.

 The package requires that the paths to postgre header and libraries files
 be added to the .cabal file. My initial attempt was the obvious:

 include-dirs: C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\8.2\include, C:\Program
 Files\PostgreSQL\8.2\include\server, .
 extra-lib-dirs: C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\8.2\include, C:\Program

 However, the package would not build. The include files "pg_config.h" and
 some others were not found. Using single or double quotes did not help.
 Finally, I moved the installation to "C:\pgsql" and updated the .cabal

 include-dirs: C:\pgsql\include, C:\pgsql\include\server, .
 extra-lib-dirs: C:\pgsql\lib

 And the package built. It seems the spaces in the first path caused the

 For reference, this it the configure output on my machine:

 Configuring HDBC-postgresql-
 configure: Dependency base-any: using base-2.1.1
 configure: Dependency mtl-any: using mtl-1.0.1
 configure: Dependency HDBC>=1.0.0: using HDBC-1.0.1
 configure: Dependency parsec-any: using parsec-2.0
 configure: Using install prefix: C:\Program Files
 configure: Binaries installed in: C:\Program Files\Haskell\bin
 configure: Libraries installed in: C:\Program Files\Haskell\HDBC-
 configure: Private binaries installed in: C:\Program Files\HDBC-
 configure: Data files installed in: C:\Program Files\Common Files\HDBC-
 configure: Using compiler: c:\ghc\ghc-6.6.1\bin\ghc.exe
 configure: Compiler flavor: GHC
 configure: Compiler version: 6.6.1
 configure: Using package tool: c:\ghc\ghc-6.6.1\bin\ghc-pkg.exe
 configure: Using ar found on system at: c:\ghc\ghc-6.6.1\bin\ar.exe
 configure: Using haddock found on system at:
 configure: No pfesetup found
 configure: Using ranlib found on system at: c:\MinGW\bin\ranlib.exe
 configure: Using runghc found on system at:
 configure: Using runhugs found on system at: C:\Program
 configure: No happy found
 configure: No alex found
 configure: Using hsc2hs: c:\ghc\ghc-6.6.1\bin\hsc2hs.exe
 configure: No c2hs found
 configure: No cpphs found
 configure: No greencard found

 Feel free to email me at jgbailey AT gmail DOT com for more info.

 [1] Version available at http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin
 /hackage-scripts/package/HDBC-postgresql- HDBC is also required. I
 used 1.0.1, available at http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-

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