Hackage complains about data-dir

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 26 22:29:48 EDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-27 at 01:34 +0100, Neil Mitchell wrote:
> Hi,
> The new version of Hoogle uses data-dir in the main section of the
> Cabal file. http://code.haskell.org/hoogle/hoogle.cabal
> Uploading to hackage gives:
> 400 Error in upload
> hoogle- Unknown fields: data-dir (line 19)
> Fields allowed in this section:
>     name, version, cabal-version, build-type, license, license-file,
>     copyright, maintainer, build-depends, stability, homepage,
>     package-url, synopsis, description, category, author, tested-with,
>     data-files, extra-source-files, extra-tmp-files
> But the documentation says:
> http://haskell.org/cabal/release/latest/doc/users-guide/authors.html#general-fields
> Who is right? Who is wrong? If I'm wrong, what is the fix?

I think Cabal is right. Both 1.4 and HEAD parse hoogle.cabal without
complaint. I suspect that the fix is to recompile the hackage scripts
against a more recent Cabal version (ideally the latest stable 1.4.x


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