Including cabal-install in the platform source tarball

Don Stewart dons00 at
Sun Feb 27 18:05:16 GMT 2011

The problem -- after I refreshed my memory -- isn't that cabal-install
can't handle itself as a tool dep. It is that we need a new release of
cabal-install to have a satisfiable package set in the HP in the first
place. Current cabal-install depends on old containers, preventing
everything from building.

As soon as the new release goes up, we can add the explicit dep,
making everything work.

-- Don

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 7:45 AM, Mark Lentczner
<mark.lentczner at> wrote:
> All -
> Don and I talked a bit about this at BayHac: The .cabal file for
> Haskell Platform can't include cabal-install because (if I recall)
> cabal can't handle cabal-install as a build-tool dependency. This
> normally doesn't matter (I suppose) because if someone is using
> haskell-platform.cabal to install the platform, then they already must
> have cabal-install installed (though perhaps not the right version?)
> However, seems to me this make a glaring omission in the source
> tarball, since cabal-install isn't there. As i build the Mac OS X
> installer from that, cabal-install isn't showing up.
> I have a patch to src/generic/ that uncomments
> cabal-install in a copy of haskell-platform.cabal before it is fed to
> Build.hs. This is (gack) done with sed. It would probably be better
> for the "OFFICIAL" haskell-platform.cabal file to include
> cabal-install, and then have some script comment it out for the "use
> this to cabal install the platform" .cabal file.
> Thoughts? In particular, is there any problem including cabal-install
> in the source tarball?
> - Mark
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