[Haskell-cafe] Hoogle: converting binary .hoo into text?

Peter Verswyvelen bugfact at gmail.com
Sun May 10 18:08:45 EDT 2009

I would like to use the Hoogle text format in C#.
Hoogle on Hackage comes with a bunch of binary *.hoo files. Can these be
converted to text/xml? If not, is the binary format documented?

I know I can build hoo files using "cabal haddock --hoogle". But doing this
on the BASE package (which I need) from Hackage fails (I'm on Windows, using

configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: error: cannot find input file: include/HsBaseConfig.h.in

Does anyone have an easy solution? Maybe I just need to switch to Linux to
get this working? :-)
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