[Haskell] System.FilePath survey

David Wakeling D.Wakeling at exeter.ac.uk
Fri Feb 3 06:05:07 EST 2006

>===== Original Message From Krasimir Angelov <kr.angelov at gmail.com> =====
>Hello Haskellers,
>There was a long discussion in October 2004, about the a FilePath
>module which is currently used in Cabal. There was an idea to move it
>to the standard libraries but since there were a lot of objections it
>was removed.
>I would like to hear what the community think we need for the proper
>file path handling. This module is important if we would like to make
>Haskell more portable.
>Please answer to the following questions:
>    * Have you used the existing FilePath module and what do you think
>about it?
>Do you found it useful? Have you made any significant bugfixes or
>extensions to it?
>    * Will you be happy with a library that represents the file path
>as String? The opposite is to use ADT for it. The disadvantage is that
>with the current IO library we should convert from ADT to String and
>back again each time when we have to do any IO. The ADT may have
>advantages for the internal library implementation.
>    * Do you think that we have to use unboxed arrays of Word8/Word16
>for file path?
>Any other suggestions are welcome. Since such kind of discussions are
>going to be rather long please reply to libraries at haskell.org
>  Krasimir
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