[Haskell-cafe] Packaging Haskell Environment for Mac App

Andrew Gibiansky andrew.gibiansky at gmail.com
Sun May 18 15:51:46 UTC 2014

I've done a bit more thinking but haven't gotten very far.

I found this (awesome!) article/writeup:


Although its tailored towards running multiple GHC versions on your own
laptop, I think that perhaps it can be retrofitted towards bundling
GHC+cabal in a *.app format instead. I haven't had the time to try it yet,

If you have some extra time to pitch in, I'd certainly gladly accept any
help; ping me in private or via the IHaskell github and we can figure out
how to best organize that.

General advice or suggestions on things to do or things to avoid also

-- Andrew

On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:

> 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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