[Haskell-cafe] Re: Cabal and linking with static libs (.a files)

Simon Marlow simonmarhaskell at gmail.com
Wed Jun 28 07:58:50 EDT 2006

Ketil Malde wrote:

> GHC puts the C library (-lafi) *before* Haskell library
> (-lHSfmi-0.0) that refers to it.  Redoing the collect2 command but
> moving -lafi last does, in fact, work.  Also, specifying
> extra-libraries in the cabal package works, as long as they are
> specified in the correct order.
> The remaining question is whether inserting command line specified
> libraries this early is a good choice.  Perhaps one option that
> appears harmless is to specify it multiple times?

The idea is that a package should be self-contained; that is, it should 
include any external libraries that it depends on in its extra-libraries 
field.  If you follow this rule, then everything should work.

Specifying a library multiple times might work, but it would slow down 
linking, so I'd like to avoid it if possible.


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