[Haskell-cafe] runghc Setup.hs doitall

Sebastian Sylvan sebastian.sylvan at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 13:35:49 EST 2009

On a similar note, would it not be nice if cabal install understood about 
platforms and could tell you straight away that a package won't install 
under e.g. windows, rather then spending ages trying and then failing 
because a package tries to run a unix command?

I always get a bit annoyed trying to do anything in windows with Haskell 
libraries, at the very least I'd like it to be clear from the start that 
something won't work (if it's by design) so I don't waste time trying. 
Ideally the hackage website would even allow you to filter packages by the 
OS you're using and would remove packages that won't build on that OS (by 
recursively checking dependencies too).

From: "Duncan Coutts" <duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk>
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:20 PM
To: "Sebastian Sylvan" <sebastian.sylvan at gmail.com>
Cc: "Jeff Wheeler" <jeff at nokrev.com>; <haskell-cafe at haskell.org>
Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] runghc Setup.hs doitall

> On Sun, 2009-01-18 at 16:48 +0000, Sebastian Sylvan wrote:
>> Doesn't work on windows.
> http://haskell.org/~duncan/cabal/cabal.exe
> It's not the latest version but you can use it to self-update. I'll post
> a more recent build after the next release. I might also put it in a
> slightly more discoverable place ;-)
> Duncan

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