[Haskell-cafe] Damnit, we need a CPAN.

Rob Hoelz hoelz at wisc.edu
Thu May 29 12:05:55 EDT 2008

Neil Mitchell <ndmitchell at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi
> > Rationale: We need a CPAN
> We choose to spell CPAN as "Hackage"
> >, a cabal that is smart enough to know what to
> > to, even if building depends on make
> Why should building depend on make? Shouldn't cabal build stuff for
> us? We need a cabal that is clever enough that we don't need a make.
> >, grapefruit authors that commit
> > to hackage
> Or someone to help show the grapefruit authors the light. I helped put
> smallcheck on hackage, others have done other packages. Perhaps you
> could do grapefruit?
> >, a cabal-inst that can install from darcs (or at least from
> > a local directory)
> Yes, that would be lovely!
> >, or maybe just a make-replacement for haskell, like
> > java has with ant (which is really cool if you successfully do not
> > notice the xml-syntax).
> We have replaced a lot of make with just --make in GHC. Cabal replaces
> more. What more bits of make do you need? If you can say why make is
> still necessary, people may be able to eliminate it.
> Thanks
> Neil
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Hackage and Cabal are nice, but a command line tool for automatically
searching Hackage and installing Hackage packages (like the cpan
program, or easy_install) would be nice.  Unless I haven't done my
homework and this tool exists...


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