[Haskell-cafe] Synchronising cabal package version with self-reported version

Denis Bueno dbueno at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 23:08:16 EDT 2009

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 20:41, Don Stewart <dons at galois.com> wrote:
> dbueno:
>> Hi all,
>> In a command-line app of mine I want to have a --version flag, like
>> many GNU apps do to report their version.  The only way I know to
>> provide the version number is to hardcode it in the source code
>> somewhere.  That means I have the version number in two places: the
>> .cabal file and the source code.  I just know that one day they'll get
>> unsynchronised, and --version will be wrong.
>> Is there any way to put the version number in _one_ place, and have
>> both the .cabal and source refer to it?  Or even any easier way to
>> synchronise both version numbers?
> Yes, cabal provides support for this. Here's how we do that in xmonad.
> In your program, import the magic module Paths_$progname:
>    import Paths_xmonad (version)
>        ["--version"]         -> putStrLn ("xmonad " ++ showVersion version)
> which provides many fields from the .cabal file used to compile the
> program.

Awesome!  Thanks.  This is exactly what I was hoping for.

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