The haskell platform in ubuntu?

Vincenzo Ciancia ciancia at di.unipi.it
Fri Jul 17 08:17:41 UTC 2009


Dear all,

there exists an haskell platform┬╣, which is supposed to be a single set 
of libraries and tools across many operating systems. Notably, the 
platform includes the cabal tool. More often than not, people give up on 
using the ubuntu haskell packages because they want to use cabal.

Can we talk a little bit about steps for its possible inclusion in ubuntu?

It seems that there is some interest in debian:

http://orangesquash.org.uk/2009/07/04/debian-haskell-packaging-team-getting-underway/

Shall I just bother^H^H^H^H^H^H join them? Let me argue a bit why not.

The platform is released every six months, so it makes a very good 
candidate for synchronised releases in ubuntu. This is why perhaps 
ubuntu might have lots more success by adding the platform by itself 
rather than just synchronising to debian (I expect them to include the 
platform at a given version, and then update it in the next release, so 
ubuntu would actually have outdated versions of the platform in its 
six-months cycle, defeating the sole purpose of the platform itself).

Vincenzo

[1] http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/




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