[Haskell-cafe] Packaging Haskell Environment for Mac App

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Sun May 18 15:33:38 UTC 2014

Have you made any progress on this? I have some domain experience here; I
built most of the infrastructure for packaging Python apps on Mac, although
it's been years since I've touched any of that. I would be happy to pitch
in now that I have a little more time on my hands.

On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM, Andrew Gibiansky <andrew.gibiansky at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hey all,
> [This is an xpost from Reddit, where the post<http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/24hct1/packaging_haskell_platform_and_ghc_api/>seems not to be showing up for some reason...]
> I'd like to package the Haskell Platform and GHC (for GHC API) together in
> one bundle in order to distribute it with a Mac app. (Specifically, I am
> working on a Mac app for IHaskell <https://github.com/gibiansky/IHaskell>,
> so beginners can download that to immediately get started playing with
> Haskell).
> Does anyone have any experience with this? What's the easiest way to do
> this? My list of dependencies is fairly long:
>    - Haskell Platform (well, all packages in it)
>    - A few other packages installed via cabal
>    - A native library (libzmq); cabal packages depend on it
>    - Functioning Python > 2.6ish
>    - GHC API
> My current best idea is to package this all in a Virtualbox VM. I need to
> run a server that my Mac app client can use, so mount shared folders in the
> VM so that the VM can read/write to disk and expose some ports from the VM.
> If this is the best solution, what Linux distro would you suggest to use in
> the VM? I'd want something very lightweight.
> I've also considered using Docker somehow, as IHaskell is already packaged
> with a Dockerfile. However, I'm not sure how I'd package docker so that its
> all doable via a single Mac app install.
> Ideas? Suggestions?
> Thanks! I know this isn't *directly* related to Haskell, but I'm hoping
> someone here has experience packaging Haskell applications.
> -- Andrew Gibiansky
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