Proposal: Don't read environment files by default
rae at richarde.dev
Thu Mar 28 13:49:48 UTC 2019
I have spent quite a bit of time debugging this issue, being utterly surprised about the existence of these files. Furthermore, until today, I had been unable to find a way to turn the feature off. I now understand (https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/issues/13753) that there is an undocumented mechanism for doing so in GHC. It's still frustrating that there is no similar mechanism to globally (i.e., in ~/.cabal/config) disable these files in cabal.
While I expect "project-based" tools to care about their directory (e.g., git, cabal, stack), I would never expect a compiler (which is intended to be a low-level utility) to do so.
> On Mar 28, 2019, at 6:08 AM, Matthew Pickering <matthewtpickering at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Environment files have caused a large amount of pain for users because
> they are read by default by GHC.
> For example: https://github.com/haskell/cabal/issues/4542
> Cabal developers have indicated that they are not going to stop
> generating them by default despite the overwhelming user pressure.
> Therefore I propose that users should opt-in to using environment
> files by having to explicitly pass a flag to enable the search
> This will provide a much better user experience overall and will stop
> tooling having to isolate itself from their existence.
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