zlib and dependencies in general

Iain Barnett iainspeed at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 15:27:27 EDT 2009

I've been trying to build zlib (any version) onto a Debian 5.1 machine, and
had a few problems. I've solved these now, but one of them was a dependence
on not only zlibc/zlib1g as you'd expect, but zlib1g-dev as well, and wasn't
actually in any of the error messages. I ended up relying on a solution
given for a similar problem with mySQL installation.

I noticed that Hackage only lists Haskell library dependencies - might it be
an idea to list other non-Haskell ones, too? cabal-install won't install
without zlib, so there's no ease of installation to rely on, and not
everyone would have found/read the mySQL post.

Just a thought.

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