[Haskell-cafe] Re: ANNOUNCE: Utrecht Haskell Compiler (UHC) -- first release

Xiao-Yong Jin xj2106 at columbia.edu
Mon Apr 20 22:14:41 EDT 2009

Edward Middleton <emiddleton at bebear.net> writes:

> Richard O'Keefe wrote:
>> On 20 Apr 2009, at 10:27 pm, Jules Bean wrote:
>>> However, the point here is surely that the de-facto default for all
>>> other downloaded programs - standard makefile setups, automake,
>>> autoconf, perl package, python packages, graphic installers like
>>> firefox - is do to what cabal calls a 'global' install by default.
>> The assumption here seems to be that everyone owns their own machine
>> or has a system adminstrator with large amounts of free time on their
>> hands.  Just because a lot of other people are doing something crazy
>> doesn't mean we have to copy them.
> The assumption is that you are running a multipurpose computer, i.e.
> your Haskell compiler isn't the only application you care about and you
> don't want it or other applications to interact badly together.   The
> best way to do this is to have a package maintained by the distribution,
> and not have users or even sysadmins directly install it from source. 
> Using non-standard installation methods makes it harder for package
> maintainers to package the application and suggests you haven't taken
> any care / don't care about making global installation safe.
I second that.
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