cabal (./Setup.hs) options

Simon Marlow simonmarhaskell at
Tue Aug 8 10:03:36 EDT 2006

Duncan Coutts wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-08-08 at 10:45 +0200, Johan Tibell wrote:
>>>I like Cabal. There are a few things that I'm used to from autotools which
>>>I can't seem to find: dry-runs, uninstall and a "make distcheck" equivalent.
>>>  uninstall
>>>    Removes all files and directories created by install
>>Ditto. This is really necessary since otherwise I'll have to build a
>>Debian package anyway before I can install the Cabal package. Getting
>>software of my system is almost as important as getting it on there in
>>the first place. Prevents my system from deteriorating over time.
> I think we didn't include this feature deliberately for some reason.
> Isaac can you remember?

It was possibly because I objected to it; although now I can't remember exactly 
what it was I diskliked so much about it.  Possibly just the fact that I think 
this is the job of the system's package manager, not Cabal.  But the same 
argument applies to 'setup install' of course.

So to be clear, I don't object to uninstall any more, if someone wants to go 
ahead and implement it that's fine by me.


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