Cabal package descriptions

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Thu Feb 10 10:33:48 EST 2005

On 10 February 2005 12:54, Ross Paterson wrote:

> I think we need an extra field Synopsis for a short summary of the
> package, possibly supplemented by the longer Description.  This should
> make Hackage catalogues more readable, and could also be shown by an
> extended form of hc-pkg list.
> (repeated) License and License-File should not be mutually exclusive.
> They're both useful, for different purposes.  Perhaps License would
> be more accurately called License-Type.
> Perhaps Hidden-Modules should be renamed Other-Modules, now that it
> is used by both libraries and executables.

I more or less agree with all this, but it's too late to get any API
changes into 6.4 now.  We might have to start thinking about backwards


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