Haskell library infrastructure coordinator
Thu, 29 May 2003 12:06:11 +0100
Alastair Reid wrote:
> > I think it's a mistake to make it a Haskell script though because that's
> > bound to lead to bootstrapping issues. I'd use a shell script instead.
On Wednesday 28 May 2003 10:38 pm, David Roundy wrote:
> The shell script would lead to issues on windows, though. [...]
Remember, we're talking about a script for _building_ packages not for
installing them. For windows, people will use .msi packages to install.
People who want to build packages generally need to install a bunch of other
things too. Obviously, GHC users will have installed cygwin (whcih includes
shells) but even Hugs users need to install a C compiler if they're using a
package that uses the foreign function interface (and quite a lot of
libraries involve the ffi).
Also, my experience from Hugs is that people do not want to build packages
from source and, though I think binary packages are a flawed concept, I
choose to use binary packages for my Linux system even though I could
theoretically build my entire system from source.