[xmonad] Re: A New Solution to Removing the GHC Dependency

Devin Mullins me at twifkak.com
Tue Jul 22 13:15:28 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 05:07:22PM +0200, Miernik wrote:
> I don't need to install a whole programming language just to configure
> it, it has a powerfull but still intuitive ~/.awesomerc plain text file,
> no need to recompile anything to change config.

1) As Braden mentioned earlier, xmonad just added this capability (in
   darcs) with PlainConfig.
2) This is not true of dwm, which requires you have a C compiler
   installed, and gcc's not any cheaper:

But certainly, xmonad has a couple of runtime dependencies that a
typical C-based WM wouldn't have (e.g. libgmp).


I like the idea of having preconfigured binaries for predefined configs,
but I can't imagine wanting the slow turnaround time of sending off a
config to an upload form, etc. Perhaps wrapping it up in a curl-based
script would make it livable.

You might also consider making it scrape the haskellwiki (or if the
version is new enough, use the MediaWiki WS API) for the configs on a
cron basis.

FWIW, it wouldn't apply to me, as my two binaries are
xmonad-powerpc-darwin and xmonad-x86_64-linux. :P

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