[Haskell-cafe] Re: real haskell difficulties (at least for me)

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 08:40:10 EST 2009

Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
> Don Stewart wrote:
>> Well, the number one thing is to use Cabal and the cabal-install tool.
>> That is the simplest way to avoid headaches.
> I'm sure cabal  works very  well for many people, but for anyone who
> has used Debian based distributions for some time,  cabal really
> does seem like a backward step.
> For instance, I regularly develop on 6 machines; personal laptop,
> home desktop, 2 work desktops and 2 work build machines.
> At work, the main output of my development work is Debian packages
> (which get installed on hundreds of machines), and the Debian packages
> I create have build depends on whatever compilers and libraries are
> required to build them. We also have a build bot that runs nightly
> in a clean chroot for each package so that build depends can  be
> verified to be correct.
> However, if I install compilers or libraries using cabal there is
> no package to build depend on, breaking a system which currently
> works very, very  well for all the code we build in C, C++ and
> Ocaml.

Just in case this isn't clear yet - Cabal is not meant to be a replacement 
for native Debian packages, it is supposed to let the Debian folks package 
Haskell stuff more easily.  We didn't want to duplicate everything that a 
good OS packaging system does in Cabal, that's just a waste of time and 
likely to conflict with what the OS packager is already doing.

Sounds like the Debian folks could use some help with automatically 
packaging Cabal packages, though.


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