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

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Thu Apr 23 04:48:36 EDT 2009

Thanks for all that. Some good suggestions.

I've linked the results in the ticket on this issue so someone can
re-read all the suggestions in detail when they come to update the
behaviour (hopefully for 0.6.4 or something).



On Thu, 2009-04-23 at 09:48 +0200, Thomas Davie wrote:
> The results in the poll seem to have stabilised now, so I'll tell you  
> what happened...
> For user installs: 103
> For global installs: 52
> Others: 9
> Interesting Ideas:
> ------------------------
>   • Claus made the suggestion that there be no default, instead that  
> cabal asks you which you prefer the first time you run, or directs you  
> to the configuration file.
>   • Many users made the suggestion that cabal should install globally  
> when running as root, and for a user when running as a user, possibly  
> also displaying a prominent message about what's going on.
> Conclusions:
> ------------------
> Most people do indeed want user installs, but a very much not  
> insignificant population want global installs.  Perhaps one of these  
> other suggestions is the way forward?
> Bob
> p.s. I personally very much like Claus' idea.

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