RFC: changes to -i flag for finding source files
Henrik.Nilsson at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Apr 26 11:18:56 UTC 2014
> I want to propose a simple change to the -i flag for finding source
> files. The problem we often have is that when you're writing code
> for a library that lives deep in the module hierarchy, you end up
> needing a deep directory structure, e.g.
+1 from me.
The deep file system hierarchies imposed by the assumption that
hierarchical module names need to be matched by a hierarchical
directory structure has always bothered me (well, since hierarchical
modules were introduced into Haskell some 15 years ago). In part
because I do find it inconvenient, even if navigation arguably is not
too hard, but more importantly because I think that language
naming conventions in general should be as decoupled as possible
from naming conventions of file systems/the mapping to how
source code happen to be stored and organised on any particular
While I do acknowledge the pragmatical convenience of essentially
one-to-one mappings between module and file names, I think this
proposal would be a step in the right direction, if feasible.
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
nhn at cs.nott.ac.uk
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