[Haskell-cafe] Creating binary distributions with Cabal

Christopher Done chrisdone at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 20 12:53:33 EDT 2010

Hey autopackage looks swish! WiX also looks like a nice, more native
solution for Windows. Cheers!

On 20 August 2010 11:36, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 10:18, Christopher Done
> <chrisdone at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Does Cabal have a way to produce binary distributions from a package?
>> I need to create a binary distribution of my project which does not
>> depend on GHC or any development tools. The package should include all
>> required data files and configuration files. I've got the latter
>> covered with Data-Files and getDataFileName, but not sure about what
>> to do regarding configuration files -- read/write to
>> $HOME/.myproject/config or $HOME/.myprojectrc, etc., or what?
>> I'm specifically targeting Redhat because that's the production
>> server, but I'm wondering if there is or will be a way to agnostically
>> access data files and configuration files without having to think
>> about what OS it will be running on, in the same way I can use sockets
>> or file access without worrying about the particular OS.
>> Something like cabal sdist --binary --rpm/deb/arch/win/etc?
>> How does everyone else package up their Haskell programs for binary
>> distribution?
> This is what package managers like rpm, dpkg, pacman, etc shines at.  So for
> Distribution for Linux that's what I suggest you use.  For Windows you'd
> probably have to hook things up to some installer-generator (WiX[1] maybe?).
> Other options are autopackage[2] and zeroinstall[3].
> /M
> [1] http://wix.sourceforge.net/
> [2] http://www.autopackage.org/
> [3] http://zero-install.sourceforge.net/
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