[Haskell-cafe] Google Summer of Code 2014 project suggestion

Bjarki Geir Benediktsson bjarkigeirbenediktsson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 10:00:07 UTC 2014

I  have a suggestion for a project for Google Summer of Code 2014

Currently Cabal-Install is not a fully featured package manager and can be
improved considerably by adding package management features to it.

Features that could  be implemented include:
      Interaction with ghc-pkg to be able to modify (upgrade/downgrade) or
remove packages
      Support for having multiple versions of the same package installed
      Automatic installation of build tools when needed (Alex, Happy)

this is not an exhaustive list of what could be added  to make
Cabal-Install behave more like a package manager and it could be extended
to interact with system package manager where available

Do you agree this would be a good project for GSoC 2014 ? Do you think some
important features have been overlooked ? Do you think it would be better
to write a replacement for Cabal-Install from scratch rather than extending
I would appreciate feedback.


Bjarki Geir Benediktsson
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