[Haskell-cafe] [Announce] CabalFind 0.1

Dimitry Golubovsky dimitry at golubovsky.org
Sat Sep 10 02:31:13 EDT 2005

Some time ago, I expressed an idea that certain search engines may be 
used to collect information about existing .cabal packages whose 
developers made them indexable by those engines.

Finally, I have written an experimental library, CabalFind.

The library provides a generalized interface to search engines, and also 
sample implementations for Google and Yahoo*

I haven't set it up as a separate project, say, on SourceForge because I 
am not sure whether it is feasible to do so. Instead, I am suggesting 
that the developers of Haskell Library Infrastructure decide whether 
this library may serve as a basis for library infrastructure maintenance 

The library may be downloaded at

darcs get http://www.golubovsky.org/repos/cabalfind/

or http://www.golubovsky.org/repos/cabalfind/cabalfind.tar.gz

The .cabal file for the package is tailored for GHC 6.2.2. For use with 
6.4, changes may be necessary, as the XML Toolbox for 6.4 no longer 
includes the HTTP module, so HTTP.cabal needs to be included in 

More information provided at http://haskell.org/hawiki/CabalFind

Any feedback is appreciated.

Dimitry Golubovsky
Middletown, CT

* Only these two search engines are found to be able to search by URI 
suffix (.cabal in our case); without this feature package search becomes 
very inefficient.

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