[Haskell-cafe] Re: Cabal's default install location

Thomas Davie tom.davie at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 03:39:35 EDT 2009

[Moved from the UHC thread – lets stop treading on those guys toes,  
they did something very very shiny]

On 23 Apr 2009, at 07:02, Richard O'Keefe wrote:

>> It's irrelevant, because I _do_ have root access to my machine,
> How nice to be you.
> Since the argument is entirely about people who _don't_,
> your point it?

His point is that that kind of person is not the only kind of person,  
so to base an argument on what they want is as weak as basing an  
argument on what he wants.

> It is clear that the only sensible default is no default.

That sounds pretty sensible to me too – much like darcs asks what your  
email address is the first time you work on a repository, cabal should  
probably ask the first time you run it "do you prefer global or user  

>> I think the right question is "how many people prefer user installs
>> over system installs, wrt. their hackage packages?".
> No, because the costs are asymmetric.

I think this is a case of not seeing the costs to the other users  
because you're firmly entrenched in your camp.  I would have said  
originally that the costs are asymmetric too – but that it's a much  
greater cost for the people who expect all installers to do global  
installs.  So I think that the question asked there is a very valid one.

However, I do like the solution of not giving any default.


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