[Hackage] #401: better support for multi-valued configuration flags

Hackage trac at galois.com
Sat Nov 8 10:52:30 EST 2008

#401: better support for multi-valued configuration flags
  Reporter:  duncan         |        Owner:       
      Type:  enhancement    |       Status:  new  
  Priority:  normal         |    Milestone:       
 Component:  Cabal library  |      Version:       
  Severity:  normal         |     Keywords:       
Difficulty:  normal         |   Ghcversion:  6.8.3
  Platform:                 |  
 For some packages one has to pick one of several mutually exclusive
 options. For example `yi` has a number of console or gui front ends.

 That can be expressed in terms of boolean flags but it's a little clumsy.
 We should consider adding some syntactic sugar.

 Currently it can be expressed by excluding the choice of picking none:

 if flag(gtk)

 if flag(vty)

 if flag(coca) && os(osx)

 if ! ( flag(gtk) || flag(vty) || (flag(coca) && os(osx)) )
   buildable: false

 That doesn't exclude the possibility of picking two options of course.

 In some cases we would want the options to be mutually exclusive and in
 others we would want to simply force the choice of one option, but
 multiple options might be possible.

 So the question is what kind of syntactic sugar would we like, how would
 it translate and how would it be exposed to package managers. eg:

 flag gui
   values: gtk, vty, coca

 if flag(gui==gtk)

 and it'd translate into boolean choices that forced a choice of one flag
 being true and the others false.

 Needs some thought.

Ticket URL: <http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/ticket/401>
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