[Haskell-cafe] PSA for Cabal 2.2 new-* users regarding .ghc.environment files
b at chreekat.net
Mon May 14 20:14:31 UTC 2018
On 05/14/2018 03:50 PM, Bertram Felgenhauer via Haskell-Cafe wrote:
> Bryan Richter wrote:
>> I use nix-shell for choosing specific ghc environments, and
>> undoubtedly a theoretical 'cabal shell' could work similarly. (In
>> fact, Nix could probably produce a saner (shell) environment by using
>> GHC environments, so the two solutions could converge.)
>> Consider the following hypothetical session:
>> $ cabal new-build
>> # Creates .cabal.ghc.environment.arch-os-version, which is
>> # non-default
>> $ cabal shell
>> # sets GHC_ENVIRONMENT to
>> # $PWD/.cabal.ghc.environment.arch-os-version and spawns shell
>> $ cabal shell --run 'ghc-pkg list'
>> ... (same output as previous)
> Note that cabal-install already provides a 'cabal exec' command which
> offers essentially that functionality for sandboxes, though in a
> different bikeshed color:
> $ cabal exec -- $SHELL
> $ cabal exec -- ghc-pkg list
Heh, oops, I knew that. :) I have just been in the Nix swamps for
too long recently.
That said, this seems like the right solution. Rather than create
used-by-default GHC environments, Cabal should modify "exec" to
pick up a Cabal-generated environment.
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