[Haskell-cafe] Re: Configuring cabal dependencies at install-time

Simon Michael simon at joyful.com
Tue Apr 7 13:21:56 EDT 2009

I'm facing this problem too, with hledger. It has optional happstack and 
vty interfaces which add to the difficulty and platform-specificity of 
installation. Currently I publish all in one package with a cabal flag 
for each interface, with happstack off and vty on by default. vty isn't 
available on windows, but I understand that cabal is smart enough to 
flip the flags until it finds a combination that is installable, so I 
hoped it would just turn off vty for windows users. It didn't, though.

An alternative is to publish separate packages, debian style: 
libhledger, hledger, hledger-vty, hledger-happs etc. These are more 
discoverable and easier to document for users. It does seem hackage 
would be less fun to browse if it fills up with all these variants. But 
maybe it's simpler.

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