[Haskell-cafe] "build depends:" in a .cabal file

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Mon Aug 18 05:15:06 EDT 2008

On Mon, 18 Aug 2008, Galchin, Vasili wrote:

> Hello,
>     It seems to me that the "build depends" attribute/field is only
> informational, i.e. it doesn't cause "faulting in" dependencies if not
> present? If true, this seems to be a deficiency in cabal. ??

At least when compiling with GHC, Cabal exposes only packages which are 
mentioned under Build-Depends. That is, if a package is missing in 
Build-Depends, the project cannot be compiled. It is however possible to 
forget modules in the Exposed-Modules and Other-Modules section and GHC 
finds them anyway.

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