[Haskell-cafe] Fwd: Compatibility etiquette for apps, with cabal sandboxes and `stack`

Paolo Giarrusso p.giarrusso at gmail.com
Sun Nov 29 16:51:34 UTC 2015

On Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 5:37:35 PM UTC+1, Peter Simons wrote:
> Omari Norman writes: 
>  > Someone installing an application can just use stack and Stackage. 
> I wonder how many people would be using XMonad, git-annex, etc. if this 
> view were common place among application developers. 
> I'm pretty sure that a large part of the user base of these tools has no 
> clue "stack" exists, even, and the only reason why they can install 
> these programs is because their distributions package manager allows 
> then to do so without exposing them to any Haskell-specific build tools. 

I guess you're thinking of different markets: "uses git-annex" is indeed 
(probably) orthogonal even to "knows there's a programming language called 
Haskell" (I might be exaggerating); I agree there distributing via Hackage 
is not a good option.

But developers of, say, `hlint` have (I guess arguably) another target 
audience — Haskell developers; my question was about this audience, and 
Omari Norman's answer makes sense there.
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