Cabal hack night suggestions

David Laing dave.laing.80 at
Thu Jan 9 12:31:15 UTC 2014


The hack night has been and gone.  It was fun, but I felt I probably could
have been more productive.

I've found some possibly closeable bugs and some possibly duplicate bugs.

Possibly closeable:
- 291
- 760
Possible duplicate / at least related:
- 469 and 1100
- 172, 674, 1550
- 189, 510, 527, 1585

I got partway through working on #674 before I found #1550 and saw that
work is being done there.

There are a few bugs / enhancements I'm keen to have a go at, but I'll take
that part of the discussion to github.



On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM, Johan Tibell <johan.tibell at>wrote:

> Hi David,
> Great to here that you're going to hack on cabal. We need all the
> contributors we can get!
> The general roadmap for 1.20 is here:
> The "Do the right thing automatically" section is probably the most
> newbie friendly.
> Other than that we really need to get the bug tracker under control. This
> means triaging bugs and fixing those that need fixing and closing the rest.
> I took a stab at this a while ago but if you want something to get your
> feet wet, I suggest grabbing something that looks interesting from the bug
> tracker.
> As for hacking on cabal, I suggest using sandboxes, like so:
> cd cabal/cabal-install
> # only once:
> cabal sandbox init
> cabal sandbox add-source ../Cabal
> cabal install -j --only-dep
> # to (re)build:
> cabal build
> -- Johan
> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM, David Laing <dave.laing.80 at>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> There are a few people in my local FP meetup group looking into doing
>> some semi-regular Haskell hack nights, and we're hoping to target various
>> tools and libraries in the Haskell ecosystem so that we can give back a
>> little while having fun and honing our skills.
>> Cabal is pretty high on our list of things to hack on, and we're hoping
>> to start mid next week.
>> I'm sure we'll be able to click through github issues and submit pull
>> requests on our own, but I thought I'd ask if anyone has any thoughts on
>> areas that would be good to look at that might sit in a sweet spot of being
>> both beneficial to Cabal and accessible to newcomers to the code.
>> Does anyone have any thoughts?
>> Cheers,
>> Dave
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