Prelude not in haskell98?

Ian Lynagh igloo at
Tue Jun 5 19:39:20 EDT 2007

On Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 11:23:57PM +0100, Neil Mitchell wrote:
> >All this seems to indicate that the Prelude is not a part of the
> >"haskell98" package.  Is this the case, and if so, is this
> >intentional?  It would be nice if we could create Cabal packages that
> >explicitly indicate that the library depends only on Haskell 98
> >libraries.
> Its true, and its intentional. The trend nowadays is to make programs
> depend only on base, not only on haskell98 - i.e. import
> System.Environment (and others) instead of System. hakell98 will be
> around forever, but base is the new "standard libraries" set.

Right, the problem is that if Prelude was in haskell98 then it wouldn't
be possible to have a program that /didn't/ depend on haskell98 (short
of -fno-implicit-prelude extensions, or having a Prelude in both (which
would mean you couldn't depend on both base and haskell98)).


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