Cabal package descriptions

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Thu Feb 10 11:37:49 EST 2005

On 10 February 2005 16:18, Ross Paterson wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 10, 2005 at 03:33:48PM -0000, Simon Marlow wrote:
>> 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 compatibility.
> There's a dissonance between the need to ship GHC and the unfinished
> state of Cabal.  Most of the interface is worked out, but there are a
> few parts (not the parts currently used by GHC) that are experimental
> and/or need fixing, and these have had very little user feedback.  I
> think this will be a beta release for Cabal, and its interface will
> need changing soon. What to do?  Independent releases of Cabal
> updates?

It's certainly possible to produce an updated version of Cabal later on,
released independently of GHC.  However, that's a bit of a pain - if
there are only a few minor interface changes to go in, I'm prepared to
hold the GHC release until they're finished.


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