[Haskell-cafe] Using cmake with haskell

Yves Parès limestrael at gmail.com
Fri May 13 16:47:57 CEST 2011

Talking about that, what are the differences between cabal-install and
cabal-dev? Is cabal-dev (which I've never used nor installed) more suited
for incremental development?

2011/5/12 Jason Dagit <dagitj at gmail.com>

> On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 6:13 PM, Gregory Crosswhite <
> gcross at phys.washington.edu> wrote:
> [snip]
>>  1) Cabal is a tool that can only be used to build Haskell packages with
>> some supporting C/C++ code thrown in
>> and
>> 2) Cabal is currently the only tool that can realistically be used to
>> properly build and install Haskell packages due to the great complexity
>> involved with getting all the details right
>  I agree with much of what you said.  I created this feature request for
> cabal, that I think would go quite aways towards addressing the problem, but
> someone marked it as wontfix:
>   http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/ticket/815
> In my opinion, the two most valuable things about cabal are its good
> dependency calculation and it allowed hackage to gain momentum.
>  Unfortunately, we are also forced to use it as a build system and it's
> quite inadequate for that task.  I say forced because there is no standard
> way to extract the dependency calculations from it.  You have to write a
> Setup.hs file to extract it and it's not trivial. If you succeed at that
> task, then you can't even reuse the code without copy&pasting it later.
> In fact, I never invoke cabal-install directly anymore.  I've corrupted my
> package databases too many times.  I make sure to always use cabal-dev for
> everything.  I think that says something about cabal's efficacy as a build
> system.
> Jason
> ps. As soon as I figure out a way to get infinite free time I'll implement
> the translation to makefiles myself...
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