[Haskell-cafe] SSL support for hackage and cabal

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 06:39:46 UTC 2013

agreed, would likely be a portability nightmare, and the cabal devs have
enough on their plate as is!

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 1:35 AM, Vincent Hanquez <tab at snarc.org> wrote:

> On 2013-11-04 01:02, Donn Cave wrote:
>> How strongly do you feel about the cross platform and dependency issues?
> Quite ? I think that would be rather bad to have cabal have ssl on unix,
> but
> not on MacOSX and Windows.
>  When I needed SSL encryption, I whipped up a little module with foreign
>> calls to OpenSSL.  For an ordinary client, which is all I use it for any
>> more, it's a simple interface -- init, connect, read, write, a couple
>> error functions.  I have to link -lssl -lcrypto.  The great thing about
>> this is, not only do I have a high degree of confidence in the
>> implementation,
>> I don't expect it to _ever_ change in a way that will inconvenience me.
>> If my application ever needs to work on a platform with a different SSL,
>> just need a new module with init/connect/write etc.
>> Does that seem like a possibility, just write minimal interfaces to
>> existing platform standard SSL implementations, and move on to more
>> interesting problems?  Or is this really an area with interesting problems
>> of its own that I'm missing?
>>  I think that's the best alternative (provided wide spread non support
> for tls),
> except there's no platform standards (think about chromium, and mozilla
> cases for a very similar problem), and it's probably going to be
> "interesting"
> to maintain (as in it take probably quite a bit of resource for browsers
> to keep on top).
> --
> Vincent
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