cabal (./Setup.hs) options

Isaac Jones ijones at
Tue Aug 8 12:41:36 EDT 2006

Simon Marlow <simonmarhaskell at> writes:

> 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.

I don't object to it, though I think it'll be a little tricky, and
deleting files in tricky ways is a little scary.  It's not a lot
tricky or a lot scary :)

> 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.

Same here.



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