[Hackage] #465: default global install on windows is a problem

Hackage trac at galois.com
Mon Jan 19 13:26:53 EST 2009

#465: default global install on windows is a problem
  Reporter:  duncan         |        Owner:           
      Type:  defect         |       Status:  new      
  Priority:  normal         |    Milestone:  Cabal-1.8
 Component:  Cabal library  |      Version:  
  Severity:  normal         |     Keywords:           
Difficulty:  normal         |   Ghcversion:  6.8.3    
  Platform:  Windows        |  
 Lots of windows users have problems installing things globally. Some are
 using multi-user systems. More are using Vista where it seems that even
 when they are running as administrator they cannot install files in
 `C:\Program Files\`.

 We should revisit the decision to install globally and see if we cannot
 find a default that works better. Failing by default is bad.

 We may also want to try to improve the checking beforehand to check if we
 would have permissions to write into the target directories. If not we can
 fail at configure time rather than waiting until install time and failing

 This needs someone who knows and cares about windows. Particularly for the
 Vista aspects.

Ticket URL: <http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/ticket/465>
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