[aur-general] [arch-dev-public] [arch-general] GHC 7.8.1 packaging decisions for Arch Linux

Thomas Dziedzic gostrc at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 23:12:12 EDT 2014

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM, Jelle van der Waa <jelle at vdwaa.nl> wrote:
> > I would like to keep XMonad/XMobar in [community] it does seem to take up
> a big chunk of the haskell-* packages we have in our repos. But I've never
> ran into real big issues packaging haskell libraries, one minor issue is
> that the developers tend to oversplit packages for example
> haskell-data-default-* . This really makes packaging haskell libraries
> annoying.

I don't want to prevent people from maintaining haskell packages in
supported repos.
I just want to make cabal-install a path with which people don't have to
think twice about.

> I would prefer that we don't package vim plugins or firefox extensions.
> Firefox has it's own extension manager and vim has a lot of solutions which
> work better then pacman

I also share this belief about haskell.
Both pacman and cabal-install have their own pros and cons, but for my
personally, I find that cabal-install has more benefit to me personally for
haskell packages.

> > How many haskell developers actually use our packages in the repos/aur
> rather then using caba-install?

I can only speak from personal experience, but I have used cabal-install
exclusively for a couple of years now not just for development but for also
installing tools like xmonad.
My guess is that given the limited supply of packages in our repos, I can
guestimate 0 use it for development but there might be a lot of users that
actually use the haskell tools like xmonad.

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