[Haskell-cafe] Packaging Haskell Environment for Mac App

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Sun May 18 15:53:38 UTC 2014

You could perhaps adapt and pare down the Haskell platform install for Mac.

In fact, there used to be Mac pkg builder in the ghc tree until a bit over
a year ago

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, 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<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','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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