[Haskell-cafe] Re: building "encoding" on Windows?

John Lato jwlato at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 20:53:10 EDT 2010

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> wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu wrote:
>> Whooo, boy, I sure don't fancy explaining Msys/MinGW or Cygwin to a
>> non-technical person and giving sufficiently detailed
>> installation/usage instructions.
> I still dislike the idea of needing to install MSYS, MinGW, Cygwin or
> similar tools to get anything remotely interesting from Hackage to build
> on Windows.

I know this is an old topic, and I'm actually sympathetic to your
cause, but I really don't think asking Windows developers to install
MinGW or Cygwin is a problem.  You wouldn't distribute C# source code
and expect users to run that without Visual Studio, would you?
Packages on Hackage are *source distributions*, so users need a
development environment in order to make use of them.  Windows doesn't
have a built-in development environment, therefore I don't see any
reason why developers shouldn't choose the one most convenient to

The only alternative is to make a binary distribution, which (as
you're discovering) has its own problems.


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