GUI (was: Re: [Haskell-cafe] DLL on Windows)

Neil Mitchell ndmitchell at
Tue Apr 20 11:32:56 EDT 2010

:-( - it seems that cabal install wx isn't how you install it on
Windows, not by a long shot.

I'm currently a Gtk2hs user. If wx got to the point where cabal
install wx either installed wx, including all it's non-Haskell
dependencies, or printed out a message "you're a windows user who
hasn't installed wxWidgets, here's a handy url for you to click and
run then run cabal install wx again" I'd be tempted to switch. I
realise that the platform differences makes it annoying, but it would
be generally handy for Windows users.

I do appreciate the work the wx people are doing for Windows users -
it is generally going in the right direction :-)

Thanks, Neil

On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 2:54 AM, Jeremy O'Donoghue
<jeremy.odonoghue at> wrote:
> On 18/04/2010, Daniel Fischer < at> wrote:
>> Am Sonntag 18 April 2010 21:41:06 schrieb Daniel Fischer:
>>> wx-config should have been installed as part of the wxWidgets package.
>>> Is that not included in the windows-installer of wxWidgets?
>> Seems it's not so.
>> says
>> "Windows users should also get the Windows port of wx-config."
>> (
> Sadly, the Windows port of wxWidgets doesn't contain wx-config (all of
> the Unix variants have it - it's a shell script), which is a major
> problem as this by far the simplest way for the build system to work
> out the options used to build wxWidgets.
> The Windows port of wx-config is an attempt to fix this problem, but
> only currently supports gcc, hence the restriction to using MinGW
> (although I guess Cygwin would probably work).
>>> > If wxHaskell could be installed with one cabal command that would be
>>> > incredibly cool :-)
>> Well, it's just one cabal command if you have all non-Haskell requirements
>> installed as needed.
> An option I am looking at is creating a basic Windows installer for
> wxHaskell which would contain a compiled copy of wxWidgets and a copy
> of wx-config, and which would run cabal install wxWidgets out of the
> box. (basic here means you probably don't get to choose anything at
> all - not even where the wxWidgets libraries get installed)
> Provided that I don't need to maintain a source distribution, this
> might be a good way forward for some Windows users. The installer
> would be updated for 'significant' wxWidgets updates (you would be
> able to 'cabal install wx' at any time wxHaskell is updated once you
> have all of the libraries)
> Any interest - please let me know.
> Regards Jeremy
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