[Haskell-cafe] Cabal, GHC, FFI and Visual Studio on Windows

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Sat Feb 2 17:33:28 EST 2008

Duncan Coutts wrote:
> Just so I'm sure I understand...

Sure thing.

> Or are you just trying to link some C code statically into a haskell
> program, but it just so happens that this C code relies on being built
> with MS's C compiler rather than gcc.

Yes, this is exactly it.  I mean, I could probably hack the incomplete
mingw header files to add the functions I need, but I thought it'd be
much easier to just use Microsoft's development environment.

> Perhaps you could clarify what it is you're trying to do (the end goal,
> just just the minutia) so we can see what feature it is that Cabal is
> missing that would help your situation. When we figure that out we can
> file a feature request so it is not forgotten.

The end goal is to sneak Haskell into the work place ;-)

What I'd really like to see is the ability to “drive” development
completely from Haskell.  With that I mean to, just as on Linux, have a
single cabal file that compiles the C code containing the wrappers while
still having access to a complete development environment.  On Windows
that means compiling C/C++ with MS's tool set.

I hope that clarifies what goes on in my muddy mind a bit...


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