[Haskell-cafe] expanded standard lib
alex at blackkettle.org
Wed Nov 21 16:10:20 EST 2007
Magnus Therning wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:33:21 +0000, Vladimir Zlatanov wrote:
>> Yes, those are good points. Maybe adding functionality similar to plt's
>> planet http://planet.plt-scheme.org and
>> In plt scheme including a module, not present in the local repository ,
>> but included via planet, resolves the module, including version,
>> etc..., downloads it from planet, and uses it appropriately. It makes
>> following various dependencies extremely easy. Updating with a new
>> version is updating the appropriate local module definitions.
>> I have no clue how it would be best to implement this for haskell, but
>> it is a very user friendly no hassle way to work, so I reckon worth
> Many other programming languages have packaging strategies that sound
> very similar. Several of them have managed to have a negative impact on
> platforms that already have good packaging technologies (i.e. almost
> every platform apart from Windows ;-). I'd hate to see Haskell go in a
> direction where packaging for e.g. Debian is made more difficult than it
> is at the moment.
> See  for the Debian Ruby packagers' opinion of RubyGems. IIRC
> similar concerns have been raised for Python's eggs.
> : http://pkg-ruby-extras.alioth.debian.org/rubygems.html
Much of that's either outdated or just plain wrong, as I understand it.
In the interest of balance, note the following thread on ruby-talk,
which devolved fairly rapidly into a bunfight over Debian's policies
(and a comparison with Apple's approach to the same problem):
There are arguments on both sides, but the utility of having RubyGems
available far outweighs the minor inconvenience of having to install
RubyGems outside apt as far as I'm concerned.
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