distro packages vs. install instructions

João Paulo Pizani Flor joaopizani at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 08:51:03 EDT 2009

Hi Regis,

There's actually a PPA (Personal Package Archive) for that offers Ubuntu
packages of the latest GHC version, and affiliated software (such as
haddock). I'm using this repository since January and had no problem until
now. My current GHC version is 6.10.4.

The repository's page:  https://launchpad.net/~someone561/+archive/ppa

Good luck,

João Paulo Pizani Flor

2009/7/29 Regis Saint-Paul <regis.saint-paul at create-net.org>

> Hi,
> This is a general question relative to the comments in ticket #56
> http://trac.haskell.org/haskell-platform/ticket/56
> The ticket seems about two issues. On the one hand, the fact configure is
> not testing for editline, which is an actual bug. But the ticket also hints
> at whether the generic linux tarball should provide instructions regarding
> which distro packages correspond to the required C libraries. Another
> ticket
> (#1) is about providing the list of C libraries, but does not mention the
> mapping of this list to distro packages either.
> A comment in ticket #56 (by Don) mentions that "Solving that problem is for
> distro packages. Please ask your distro maintainer why Haskell isn't
> supported on the distro".
> My question is why should it be so? Wouldn't it be simpler to describe
> installation by distro in the INSTALL file of a single generic linux
> tarball
> rather than building separately packaging for every single distro?
> The rational is that it takes one line of documentation (a big apt-get) to
> make the system ready for ghc and platform installation., while it took me
> one full day to figure out the name of all the required packages from the
> name of c libraries (obviously, I'm not a linux guru, I guess it would take
> much less to anyone more experienced, but still...).
> Please forgive me if providing this distro-specific installation
> instruction
> in some INSTALL file was already planed, I might have simply misunderstood.
> If it is not planed, then this mail is for asking why.
> Cheers,
> Regis
> PS. is anyone currently maintaining Debian packages? I'm asking because
> currently, the latest packaged ghc is stuck at 6.8.2.
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