[Hackage] #283: install command doesn't install dist/doc/users-guide/

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Tue Jun 10 17:40:20 EDT 2008

#283: install command doesn't install dist/doc/users-guide/
  Reporter:  Misha Aizatulin <avatar at hot.ee>  |        Owner:                     
      Type:  defect                           |       Status:  new                
  Priority:  normal                           |    Milestone:                     
 Component:  Cabal library                    |      Version:  HEAD               
  Severity:  normal                           |   Resolution:                     
  Keywords:                                   |   Difficulty:  very hard (<1 week)
Ghcversion:  6.8.2                            |     Platform:                     
Comment (by duncan):

 Replying to [comment:3 guest]:
 > There are two tasks: building the documentation and installing it. As
 for building, it is surely good to support widely known formats, but I
 think the developer should always have the option to do something else
 (say via a hook). It is not possible to anticipate all the possible types
 of documentation that the developers are going to come up with. Suppose
 for instance if someone writes an alternative to haddock and uses it to
 process its own documentation.

 True. That is possible at the moment. One would have to override the
 haddock and install hooks.

 > As to installing the documentation, it seems to be rather easy: just
 copy the contents of /dist/doc to $docdir. This can be done independently
 of how the documentation was built. Or am I missing something?

 I'm a bit nervous of just installing all the files that happen to be under
 that directory. I much prefer solutions where we know exactly which files
 we should be installing. What happens when you get stale files in there
 due to renaming etc? We end up installing said stale files.

 In a decent build system I think we should know how to build and re-build
 every file. In that case we always know what files to install and how to
 make sure they're up-to-date.

Ticket URL: <http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/ticket/283#comment:4>
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