state of the cabal (preprocessors)

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Wed Oct 27 16:03:28 EDT 2004

On 27 October 2004 18:15, Isaac Jones wrote:

> Right, but I was actually talking about the 'build' step, which is a
> bit funny... For the build step, we have to do preprocessing still, so
> that the developer or user of VS can use the code.
> For the install step, unlike the other systems, we're proposing that
> we do the preprocessing here rather than at the build step since
> presumably it would be more convinient to be platform independent at
> that point?
> I'm not sure why this is such a great idea.  For each other haskell
> implementation, once you build, it's tied to the platform, and you no
> longer need the build tools.  Why not do the same thing for hugs?

I think there's been a misunderstanding.  At least I was assuming you
would do the same thing for Hugs, that is preprocess the sources at
build time.  I thought this was the plan all along... apologies if I'm
the source of the misunderstanding.


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