Advance notice that I'd like to make Cabal depend on parsec

Ian Lynagh ian at
Sun Mar 17 21:11:47 CET 2013

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 09:04:58PM +0100, Henning Thielemann wrote:
> On Sun, 17 Mar 2013, Ian Lynagh wrote:
> >I think it would be feasible to stop GHC itself from using the human
> >readable format. The only place I can think of it being used is in the
> >package database, but we could use either Read/Show for that, or just
> >exclusively use the binary format.
> I already needed the human readable format in order to check what
> information a custom configure file generated.

You can use "ghc-pkg describe p" for that.

I don't think you should ever need the human readable format unless you
need to alter the package database by hand.

Ian Lynagh, Haskell Consultant
Well-Typed LLP,

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