[Haskell-cafe] Ticking time bomb

Ramana Kumar Ramana.Kumar at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Jan 30 23:54:23 CET 2013

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Edward Z. Yang <ezyang at mit.edu> wrote:

> Excerpts from Ramana Kumar's message of Wed Jan 30 14:46:26 -0800 2013:
> > > This argument seems specious.  Whether or not cabal-install is or not
> > > intended to be a package manager, users expect it to act like one (as
> > > users expect rubygems to be a package manager), and, at the end of the
> > > day, that is what matters.
> > >
> >
> > But playing along with their delusion might make it harder to change
> their
> > minds.
> Looking at the library ecosystems of the most popular programming
> languages,
> I think this ship has already sailed.

I was talking only about Haskell and cabal.
There is a viable alternative to using cabal as a package manager on Arch
Linux (the Arch-Haskell package repositories).
There is also the Stackage project that might make this possible on more
distributions with real package managers.
But if you keep calling cabal a package manager, eventually you'll have to
write the patches to make it one.

> Edward
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