Adding an option to cabal-install

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at
Mon Nov 26 21:02:25 EST 2007

On Sun, 2007-11-25 at 16:06 +0000, jim burton wrote:
> Hi, I was planning to make a small change to Fetch.hs to let it be used
> behind a proxy server, using the value of $http_proxy or $HTTP_PROXY
> where one of them exists -- hope that sounds OK?

Yes, that'd be great.

> This is easy to do, but so that windows users can benefit it would be
> good to make this an option read from the config file and/or opts and
> I'm having a much harder time working out how to do that.

Actually I'm just at the moment rewriting the way cabal-install handles
command line arguments.

> I tried to mimic the way other options work but can't get it working.
> Can you point out why? Several of the functions below aren't expected
> to work properly but should allow this line to be read
> from .cabal/conf:
> http_proxy:

Ok, seems sensible. (We seem to be using a convention like .cabal files
with -'s in field names rather than _'s. It's only a minor consistency

> But I get this: 
> > $ ~/haskell/bin/cabal -v3 clean
> > Config file warning: Unrecognized stanza on line 5

> parseProxy :: ReadP r (Maybe ProxyInfo)
> parseProxy = do host <- munch1 (\c -> isAlphaNum c || c `elem` "_-.")
>                 char ':'
>                 port <- munch1 (\c -> isAlphaNum c)
>                 return $ Just (ProxyInfo host ((read port)::Int) Nothing
> Nothing)

So this doesn't work. It doesn't parse your example:

> readP_to_S parseProxy ""

Though this does work:

> readP_to_S parseProxy ""

I would suggest not rewriting a parser for URIs and instead use the
standard Network.URI which provides a URI data type and a parser.


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