bringert at cs.chalmers.se
Sat Jun 30 04:22:52 EDT 2007
On Jun 28, 2007, at 18:25 , Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> Bayley, Alistair wrote:
>> The unix package isn't available to Windows users. Unsurprising,
>> But, given that it seems to be a layer over the Posix API, would
>> it be
>> reasonable to request that the unix package is made available on
> I've been thinking about just this, too.
> The underlying problem is that Haskell's portable I/O-related
> libraries are underpowered, particularly the stuff in
> System.Directory. Try doing any significant filesystem-related
> work using only the portable APIs and you'll see what I mean.
> A portable library that put a POSIX-like wrapper atop filesystem
> operations would be a big win, particularly if it were distributed
> as a standard library. This is the approach that Python's standard
> libraries take, and it works well.
> If I had a vote on how Ian might spend his time, it would be on
> something like this, which would have direct value to programmers
> by addressing a significant deficit of the current standard
> libraries. Splitting up the unix package seems more like an
> inconsequential janitorial task. Given finite resources, I'd
> prefer to tackle the task with greater benefits.
I started working on this for implementing the file operations needed
by the tar package, but didn't take it further than that. Here's what
I have so far:
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