[Haskell-cafe] ANNOUNCE: Cabal-1.4 release candidate

Thomas Hartman tphyahoo at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 12:37:57 EDT 2008

as promised,

sudo cabal install plugins

works out of the box now. that's nice :)


2008/6/6 Duncan Coutts <duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk>:
> Hi everyone,
> == Cabal-1.4 release candidate ==
> The second release candidate of Cabal-1.4 is out:
> http://haskell.org/cabal/download.html
> Please test and report bugs:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/
> The aim for the Cabal-1.4 release is to get various fixes and
> improvements into the hands of developers and to support a release of
> cabal-install.
> == cabal-install ==
> A snapshot of cabal-install is also available:
> http://haskell.org/cabal/download.html
> It requires the zlib and HTTP packages (both are available from
> hackage). Bug reports should go in the same trac as above.
> cabal-install is intended to be the standard command line interface to
> the whole Cabal/Hackage system. It replaces the "runhaskell Setup.hs"
> interface and a few other tools you may or may not have heard of
> (cabal-setup, cabal-upload, cabal-get). cabal-install is usable now and
> we will be making a proper release some time after the Cabal-1.4
> release.
> == Testing ==
> We are particularly interested in finding regressions from Cabal-1.2.x
> or any important fixes that will require API changes since once we
> release 1.4 we have to maintain API compatibility for the rest of the
> 1.4.x series.
> This is also an excellent opportunity to make sure your favourite bug or
> feature request is properly described in our bug tracker:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/
> To help us guide development priorities please add yourself to the
> ticket's cc list and describe why that bug or feature is important to
> you.
> == Compatibility ==
> We have tried to preserve compatibility with all packages that worked
> with the Cabal-1.2.x series. That is, packages that can be built using
> Cabal (including custom Setup.hs scripts) but not packages that directly
> import and use the Cabal API. Packages that directly import and use the
> Cabal api will need updating. This affects packages that build distro
> packages for example, rpm debs etc.
> Currently we know of only one package on hackage which has a Setup.hs
> script that compiles with 1.2 but fail to compile with 1.4. Takusen,
> will require an update to be able to work with both Cabal-1.2.x and
> 1.4.x. A patch has been sent to the maintainers of Takusen.
> == Credits ==
> On behalf of the Cabal hackers and the community generally I'd like to
> thank the large number of people who have contributed patches during
> this development series. Previously I was rather worried that we were
> not getting enough contributors to fix bugs and do new feature
> development, but now I'm very pleased. :-)
> == Get involved ==
> Of course there's still a lot to do! We have big plans for Cabal-2.0,
> cabal-install and the Hackage website. So if you're interested in
> helping out with this core infrastructure project then:
>  * subscribe to the cabal-devel mailing list:
>     http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/cabal-devel
>  * grab the source:
>     http://haskell.org/cabal/code.html
>  * read the guide to the source code:
>     http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/wiki/SourceGuide
>  * take a look at our list of bugs and feature requests:
>     http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/report/12
>   especially the easy tickets:
>     http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/report/13
> Duncan
> (wearing his Cabal release manager hat)
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