Version control systems

Ian Lynagh igloo at
Thu Aug 14 07:07:30 EDT 2008

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 04:19:37PM +1000, Manuel M T Chakravarty wrote:
> Simon Marlow:
> >Manuel M T Chakravarty wrote:
> >>To be honest, if you ask me, I'd go back to the old makefile based  
> >>system and remove Cabal from everywhere except building of the  
> >>library packages.
> >
> >I wouldn't object to dropping the use of Cabal for other tools in  
> >the build tree; the reasons for using it elsewhere are certainly not  
> >as compelling as for packages.
> >
> >Ian, I realise this means backing out a lot of the work you've been  
> >doing recently, and it would mean that we'd lose a lot of time in  
> >the runup to 6.10.1, but perhaps it's a step that we need to take to  
> >get us back on the right track again?
> I do realise that this would mean backing out a lot of Ian recent  
> work, and that's why I haven't proposed going back to the old system  
> before you explicitly asked.  However, I am increasingly getting the  
> feeling that the move to Cabal was pre-mature, and the overall loss  
> will be minimised by backing out now.

We're only talking about "other tools", not the libraries (including the
GHC library), right?

This seems like it would be a step backwards to me (after all, I
wouldn't have spent the time moving to Cabal if I didn't think it was a
step forwards), and I'm not really sure what benefit you see in it: how
much time do you spend working in utils/?


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