[Haskell-cafe] Portability of Safe Haskell packages

Roman Cheplyaka roma at ro-che.info
Fri Nov 23 15:47:23 CET 2012

It has been pointed out before that in order for Safe Haskell to be
useful, libraries (especially core libraries) should be annotated
properly with Safe Haskell LANGUAGE pragmas.

However, that would make these libraries unusable with alternative
Haskell implementations, even if otherwise they these libraries are

To quote the standard:

  If a Haskell implementation does not recognize or support a particular
  language feature that a source file requests (or cannot support the
  combination of language features requested), any attempt to compile or
  otherwise use that file with that Haskell implementation must fail
  with an error. 

Should it be advised to surround safe annotations with CPP #ifs?
Or does anyone see a better way out of this contradiction?


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