Could iteratee depend on mtl instead of transformers?
ross at soi.city.ac.uk
Wed Nov 18 19:28:38 EST 2009
On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 06:04:24PM +0000, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> Ross, if the plan is to have the new combined package be mtl-2.x then
> you might as well go ahead and modify the preferred-versions file to
> mtl < 2
> Then cabal-install will then use the old mtl for all the old packages
> that do not use an upper bound.
> We should also add mtl to the list packages to check in
> Distribution/PackageDescription/Check.hs. At the moment it's hard-coded
> to be a list of 1 (base), so that'd need doing too. This would
> eventually be replaced by a generic way of opting into the regime.
> Or, if you all think the amount of breakage is not that great, and it'd
> be simpler just to fix the packages affected, then do nothing :-)
I've just realized that it's not going to be as painless as we thought,
and I'm not sure this is something preferred-versions can help with.
(But I still think the transition is worth doing.)
My original plan was to refactor mtl as transformers + monads-fd, so
that together they'd offer a bunch of modules that were near-compatible
with the modules of the same name in mtl. In only a tiny minority of
cases would it be necessary to change code, but everyone would have to
replace their dependencies on mtl with dependencies on transformers and
monads-fd (though the latter wouldn't always be needed).
Then Ganesh whipped up an mtl compatibility package, that re-exported
modules from the two packages. Almost all the packages in hackage would
compile unchanged if this package was mtl-2.0. But there's a problem:
even if we rename the modules in monads-fd, we still have two modules
in transformers that have the same names as modules in mtl, namely
Control.Monad.Identity and Control.Monad.Trans. Renaming isn't an
option: at least the first of those is the Right Name for the module
concerned. People who build with cabal are fine: only the dependent
packages are exposed, and all packages use the same type constructors,
so the interfaces are compatible. But people who build with ghci or
ghc --make will get the error message at the top of this thread:
Could not find module `Control.Monad.Identity':
it was found in multiple packages: mtl-2.0 transformers-0.1.4.0
So I think we're back at the original plan: a big bang replacement of
dependencies on mtl with dependencies on transformers and monads-fd.
(Unless we introduce virtual packages.)
After that we could rename the FD-using modules slowly using the usual
deprecation procedure. But we should rename the modules in monads-tf
now -- all that needs is for someone to suggest good names.
> If you are modifying the preferred-versions file, would you mind
> sticking in:
> cabal-install < 0.8
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