[Haskell-cafe] Cabal robustness

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at gmail.com
Mon Mar 24 14:43:59 UTC 2014

Hi Dominick,

An "ExitFailure 1" is definitely not helpful and we should generally try to
figure out what went wrong and print something more specific. One example
where this happens if I recall correctly is if GHC runs out of RAM and
exits, something that we could detect.

I think the best way forward right now is to file bugs for concrete cases
where the error reporting is bad. Include what (you think) went wrong and
what kind of error information would have been useful to you.

The bug tracker is at https://github.com/haskell/cabal/issues

On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM, Dominick Samperi <djsamperi at gmail.com>wrote:

> I have seen the dreaded "ExitFailure 1" many times when a package fails to
> install (under Linux or Windows), and I wonder why something more helpful
> cannot be printed? Sometimes one gets a variant of this where the message
> is "this system is not compatible with this package," but the user must
> study the foo.cabal file to determine what is missing.
> Also, it seems that the only way to determine if a package will install
> under
> Windows is to try and hope for the best (often getting "ExitFailure 1" if
> it
> fails). Wouldn't it make more sense to tag packages with the OS and
> other dependencies and fail with a helpful message like "Windows not
> supported" if appropriate?
> It appears that some packages (like lens-4.1) have version dependencies
> that cannot be satisfied (at least not on my Linux and Windows boxes),
> so it appears that the Hackage hosting process suffers from a variant of
> the well-known "dll hell" problem.
> I tried the new (Cabal 1.18.0) sandbox feature but this did not help in my
> case.
> Any comments on these issues would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Dominick
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