[Haskell-cafe] Problems with Windows

John Van Enk vanenkj at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 20:37:43 EDT 2008

Hello All,

I'm trying to reinstall network- against Parsec 3 in Windows. Well,
this is really hard/impossible to do. Here's what I've done so far:
1) After bashing my face against my desk for a while, I got cabal-install
installed in windows.
2) cabal install network --reinstall
3) This freaks out because I don't have hsc2hs installed, but it doesn't
tell me that, it just complains about something having to do with sizeof.
4) I figure out that I need hsc2hs installed, and i put cabal-install to use
fetching it for me.
5) cabal-install fails because hsc2hs needs the process and directory
packages, but they aren't exposed by the cabal file (at least in the version
sitting on hackage, I assume this is the right one to use).
6) I give up on using cabal-install to get hsc2hs, so i download the targz
for hsc2hs directly.
7) I fix the .cabal file to include process and directory
8) runhaskell Setup configure:
>runhaskell Setup configure
Configuring hsc2hs-0.67.20061107...
Warning: No 'build-type' specified. If you do not need a custom Setup.hs or
./configure script then use 'build-type: Simple'.
9) runhaskell Setup build:
Everything works fine.
10) runhaskell Setup install:
Everything works fine.
11) Go back to try and install network- again with cabal-install.
12) Gets past the sizeof/hsc2hs errors, but then chokes on spaces in build
path names:
Preprocessing library network-
gcc.exe: Files\Haskell\parsec-\ghc-6.8.3: No such file or directory
linking dist\build\Network\BSD_hsc_make.o failed
command was: C:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3\gcc.exe -BC:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3\gcc-lib
-IC:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3\include\mingw -LC:\Program
Files\Haskell\parsec-\ghc-6.8.3 -LC:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3/lib\base-
-lwsock32 -lmsvcrt -lkernel32 -luser32 -lshell32 -LC:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3
-LC:\ghc\ghc-6.8.3/gcc-lib -lm -lgmp -lwsock32
dist\build\Network\BSD_hsc_make.o -o dist\build\Network\BSD_hsc_make.exe
cabal: Error: some packages failed to install:
network- failed during the building phase. The exception was:exit:
ExitFailure 1
13) And this is where I finally gave up and came here.

Does any one have any insight into:
1) Why cabal doesn't check for hsc2hs during a configure
2) How I can rebuild network- on my Windows box without sacrificing a
goat to Bill Gates/GHC Gods?


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