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

Herbert Valerio Riedel hvr at gnu.org
Sun Jan 26 08:40:19 UTC 2014

Hello Ganesh,

On 2014-01-25 at 22:44:44 +0100, Ganesh Sittampalam wrote:
> How about just extracting the latest cabal binaries from the Platform
> after each release and making them available for separate download?
> That way there's no extra burden on the cabal or GHC maintainers and no
> need to solve the general problem of making more frequent cabal binary
> distributions.

Btw, unless I'm missing something, from
http://www.haskell.org/platform/linux.html it doesn't look like there's
a binary tar-ball distribution of the HP for Linux in the style of the
GHC binary distribution tarballs, from which the executable could be

What's more, the page refers to distribution-specific packages, which
potentially lag behind wrt to the latest released HP version, and they
don't allow for parallel installs of multiple HP versions (as opposed to
the GHC binary tarball distributions)


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