environment variables for ghc

Simon Marlow simonmar at microsoft.com
Wed Mar 9 17:40:03 EST 2005

On 09 March 2005 21:13, Frederik Eaton wrote:

>>> I agree that the case you're presenting is indeed more difficult,
>>> but I don't think you're doing the estimations right for the one at
>>> hand. The cost and annoyance of perhaps tens of thousands of people
>>> adding and remembering to maintain wrappers named 'ghc' somewhere
>>> in their path to accomplish this simple task (after scrounging in
>>> the documentation to find that ghc for some reason fails to be like
>>> many other compilers, a nontrivial cost in itself since the lack of
>>> environment variables isn't specifically documented) - or simply not
>>> doing so, and typing in -package-conf hundreds of times as I have
>>> done, because they may not have write access to the main
>>> package.conf - I think outweighs the cost of one person, once,
>>> adding central support for environment variables, a bit of
>>> documentation in the man page, perhaps a ghcbug program if we want
>>> super-detailed bug reports...
>> Are you volunteering to be that person? ;-)
> Are you saying that a patch would be accepted?
> Frederik

We'll definitely take the environment variable patch if it comes with a
ghcbug script :-)


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