cabal sdist doesn't include c headers

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at
Sat Jan 2 17:29:23 EST 2010

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Chris Casinghino
<chris.casinghino at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a cabal package which includes some C code.  In the library
> description I have the two fields:
>  include-dirs:      contrib/libpuz/include
>  includes:          contrib/libpuz/include/puz.h
> But the file contrib/libpuz/include/puz.h is missing from the tarball
> generated by running "cabal sdist".  There are C sources (mentioned
> using a "c-sources" line) which depend on this header.
> I'm not sure if this is a bug or the desired behavior.  What is the
> recommended way to get this file into the sdist tarball?  For now,
> I've added the header to the "extra-source-files" field.  This works
> fine.
> cabal --version reports:
> cabal-install version 0.6.2
> using version of the Cabal library
> Thanks for your help!
> --Chris Casinghino


"install-includes:  filename list

    A list of header files from this package to be installed into
$libdir/includes when the package is installed. Files listed in
install-includes: should be found in relative to the top of the source
tree or relative to one of the directories listed in include-dirs.

    install-includes is typically used to name header files that
contain prototypes for foreign imports used in Haskell code in this
package, for which the C implementations are also provided with the
package. Note that to include them when compiling the package itself,
they need to be listed in the includes: field as well."


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