[Haskell-cafe] Re: Thinking about what's missing in our library coverage

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Tue Aug 4 17:56:43 EDT 2009

Max Rabkin wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 6:13 PM, Magnus Therning<magnus at therning.org> wrote:
>> AFAIU the plan is to separate GHC and its "platform packages", so in
>> the future it might not be that easy to get to the point where you
>> _can_ run 'cabal install'.
> Absolutely not. The point of HP is to make the path from bare OS to
> complete Haskell installation including cabal-install consist of a
> single step:
> 1. Install Haskell Platform

Yes, indeed, if there exists a pre-compiled, binary version of HP for your 
platform.  Also, note that you _didn't_ say that the goal of HP is to limit 
the pain of installing bindings to C libraries.

>> This is a good point, but to some extent this brings us back to a
>> discussion that's specific to systems with broken or non-existing
>> package managers.  Wouldn't it be better to deal with _that_ outside
>> of HP?
> AIUI, on systems with working package managers, HP will be a
> metapackage which depends on the appropriate "real" packages.

Yes, but again, the role of HP shouldn't be to limit the pain of installing 
bindings to C libraries.  What I'm saying is that it's a worthwhile goal to 
limit that pain, but it should be handled outside of HP.


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