HTTP and character encodings

Henning Thielemann lemming at
Tue Sep 11 22:45:57 CEST 2012

On Tue, 11 Sep 2012, Vincent Hanquez wrote:

> On 09/11/2012 07:27 PM, Ben Millwood wrote:
>> As an aside, the major reason I support HTTP over something like
>> http-conduit is the latter's titanic dependency list. I think
>> especially as a dependency of cabal-install that's something of a
>> dealbreaker:
>> $ cabal install http-conduit | grep 'new package' | wc -l
>> [...]
>> 47
> I'm not sure what do you want to demonstrate here, number of packages 
> couldn't be a more irrelevant metric. Would you prefer a package that 
> includes everything in one giant codebase ?

I also hesitate to depend on packages with very many dependencies - 
although I write such packages myself. Chances are high that one of the 
imported packages fails to compile on a certain system or compiler 

> For example, the whole haskell TLS stack is responsible for at least 10~15 
> packages in http-conduit's list.

I haven't checked whether it is possible, but maybe there are ways to let 
the user plug in the TLS functionality if he needs it. Then conduit-http 
would not need to depend on it.

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