RFC: include a cabal-install executable in future GHC releases

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 00:02:27 UTC 2014

Hey everyone,

I'd like to propose that GHC releases 7.8.1 onwards include a cabal-install
(aka cabal) executable, but not include the library deps of cabal-install
that aren't already distributed with ghc.(unless ghc should have those deps
baked in, which theres very very good reasons not to do.).

currently if someone wants just a basic haskell install of the freshest ghc
 they have to install a ghc bindist, then do a boostrap build of
cabal-install by hand (if they want to actually get anything done :) ).

This is not a human friendly situation for folks who are new to haskell
tooling, but want to try out haskell dev on a server style vm or the like!

point being: It'd be great for haskell usability (and egads amounts of
config time, even by seasoned users) the ghc bindists / installers included
a cabal-install binary

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