[Haskell-cafe] Re: [Haskell] GHC 6.10 and OpenGL

Jeff Heard jefferson.r.heard at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 09:24:00 EST 2008

Duncan, what kind of help do you need on the Haskell Platform install?
 I have access to VMs running windows XP and Vista.

On Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 8:12 AM, Duncan Coutts
<duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-11-23 at 08:00 -0500, Paul L wrote:
>> On 11/23/08, Duncan Coutts <duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>> >> 2. It still wouldn't work for the OpenGL package on Windows, because
>> >> the configure scripts require a Unix-style built environment
>> >> (MinGW/MinSys or Cygwin).
>> >
>> > Yes, building it requires mingw/msys, but with it cabal install opengl
>> > really does work (I've tried it).
>> Sure, I don't doubt it. The real trouble is the extra dependency to
>> MinGW/MinSys.
>> I'm reluctant to tell my users to go installing them just for the sake
>> of compiling HOpenGL.
> Sure, we're currently in an intermediate situation where the ghc release
> is smaller but we've not had the first platform release yet.
> We're only suggesting cabal install opengl on windows for developers,
> not for your users.
>> On a side note, since GHC installation for Windows contains a version
>> of gcc, I wonder how hard it would be to replace the autoconf
>> compilation of HOPenGL with just cabal. Then we'll get rid of the
>> MinGW/MinSys depedency all together. Isn't it the purpose of cabal to
>> replace non-portable build systems (for Haskell at least)?
> That may well be possible and wherever it is possible we should do it.
> The MinGW dependency is certainly a pain. Consider this an invitation
> for anyone to go take a look at the configure scripts for these packages
> and see how easy they'd be to replace with pure Haskell in the Setup.hs.
> Duncan
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