Proposal: Add --with-libedit flag to the readline package

Judah Jacobson judah.jacobson at
Sun Jan 13 22:11:33 EST 2008

On 1/13/08, Yitzchak Gale <gale at> wrote:
> OK, thanks, but it was me who was not clear.
> You understand far better than I do how things
> work at the C API level. I am just trying to point out,
> as an end user, some additional benefits that your
> proposed project would provide. And in fact, those
> benefits are so great that they would far overshadow -
> for me, at least, and perhaps for many others - the
> benefits that originally motivated the project. So
> perhaps you would want to take that into consideration
> when setting priorities, though in the end of course
> it's up to you.
> I think the most important issue is to enable using
> the Editline API in Haskell on all platforms. That
> would plug a major hole in the usefulness of Haskell
> as a language to anyone who is not fully committed
> to the GPL license.
> While providing partial Readline API emulation via
> editline would indeed be helpful in some situations,
> its value pales in comparison to the value of providing
> the Editline API, in my opinion.
> Anyway, great idea. Good luck with this. I am
> looking forward hearing more.
> Thanks,
> Yitz

All right, I understand you now.  It should be pretty straightforward
to export the basics of the editline API, at least, if not the
advanced features.  I'll try to include that in the initial release of
the package.

Best wishes,

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