cabal-install and executable dependencies

John Lato jwlato at
Mon Aug 26 08:44:01 CEST 2013

On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM, harry <voldermort at> wrote:

> John Lato-2 wrote
> > This requested feature seems to overlap with the build-tools section,
> > however I don't think cabal will attempt to auto-install executables
> > listed
> > there.
> >
> > I think build-depends and build-tools should be kept separate, but maybe
> > if
> > an executable listed in build-tools isn't found, cabal could look for a
> > package with the same name on hackage and attempt to install that first?
> I'd forgotten about build-tools. Does it actually do anything?

It checks that the executable is available on the current path, and that
it's within the given version bounds.  I think that's all it does.
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