[Haskell-cafe] Cabal install on Windows 7

Sebastian Sylvan sebastian.sylvan at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 15:19:50 EDT 2009

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Duncan Coutts
<duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk>wrote:

> On Tue, 2009-09-08 at 09:58 -0500, Jeff Wheeler wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM, Peter Verswyvelen<bugfact at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Ouch, right, I forgot the default is global. It works fine with cabal
> > > install --user. And of course I could have edited the default config
> > > file, setting user-install: True
> > >
> > > Well, maybe for newbies this might be a bit confusing.
> >
> > Yep, I agree. I'm not sure why Cabal defaults to --global on Windows,
> > but I found it quite counter-intuitive having come from a Linux
> > environment. I forgot about the different default for some time.
> It was because last time we discussed this, the Windows users seemed to
> be of the opinion that things were simpler with global installs since
> the %PATH% would be right by default and "everyone runs as Administrator
> anyway". That may well be different now.
> If the Windows users can come to a consensus on whether the default
> should be global or user, then we can easily switch it. The same applies
> for the default global or user installation paths.

I think it's morally right to run as user by default. Yes, the windows
culture has some legacy that may, on occasion, make it slightly harder to
use "well behaved" programs, but it's fairly minor these days.

Sebastian Sylvan
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