[Haskell-cafe] high probability of installation problems and quality of the glorious implementation

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+hs at mega-nerd.com
Sun Apr 5 19:47:56 EDT 2009

Jason Dagit wrote:

> In particular, I advise my friends not to install GHC from apt on
> Debian/Ubuntu because of the way the packages are fractured on those
> distros.


>  Nothing but problems for casual Haskell hackers.  If you
> know your distro and Haskell well, then sure it's easy to install all
> the packages that constitute a normal ghc install.

Well I admit that having done a lot of debian packaging in my day job
I know the debian packaging system pretty well.

I chose to stick to the debian packages because I found cabal to be a
pain in the neck in comparison :-).

> I've heard that from a distro
> point of view the split packages are nice and that the solution to my
> complaint is a proper meta or virtual package.

My overwhelming complaint about the packages in Ubuntu and Debian
stable/testing is that they are for ghc-6.8.2.

> I wonder when we'll get a good haskell virtual package on Debian?

What would this package do?

Erik de Castro Lopo

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