kahl at cas.mcmaster.ca
Sat Dec 31 23:50:05 CET 2011
On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 11:43:26PM +0200, Yitzchak Gale wrote:
> Serge D. Mechveliani wrote:
> > I have ghc-126.96.36.19911219 made from source and tested it on the
> > DoCon-2.12 application -- thanks to people for their help!
> > It looks all right.
> > This was -- with skipping the module Random
> > Now it remains to add the Random package.
> > I have taken AC-Random Version 0.1 from hackage...
> > Its installation requires Cabal..
> > And Cabal is difficult to install..
> Today, it is very unusual to use GHC by itself.
> To use Haskell, you install the Haskell Platform.
> That is GHC together with Cabal and a basic
> set of libraries. It is very easy to install.
However, since you are willing and able to test bleeding-edge versions of GHC,
you need to be able to live without the platform, which typically
catches up to GHC versions only within a couple of months.
> Almost all Haskell software is expected to
> be installed using Cabal nowadays.
It is important to know that people associate two packages with the name ``Cabal'':
* cabal : package infrastructure shipped with GHC ---
only a library.
* cabal-install : package manager requiring a number of other packages
(in particular networking packages), and providing the executable ``cabal''
Life without cabal-install is not only possible,
but also safer.
(See also: http://www.vex.net/~trebla/haskell/sicp.xhtml )
If you installed an experimental GHC version,
it makes sense to install packages into the same directory,
Assuming you downloaded AC-Random-0.1.tar.gz, do the following:
tar xzf AC-Random-0.1.tar.gz
ghc --make Setup
./Setup configure --prefix=/usr/local/packages/ghc-188.8.131.5211219 -p
./Setup build -v
./Setup install -v
Hope this helps!
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