Cabal- A framework for packaging Haskell software

CopyrightDuncan Coutts 2013
Safe HaskellNone




A somewhat extended notion of the normal program search path concept.

Usually when finding executables we just want to look in the usual places using the OS's usual method for doing so. In Haskell the normal OS-specific method is captured by findExecutable. On all common OSs that makes use of a PATH environment variable, (though on Windows it is not just the PATH).

However it is sometimes useful to be able to look in additional locations without having to change the process-global PATH environment variable. So we need an extension of the usual findExecutable that can look in additional locations, either before, after or instead of the normal OS locations.


Program search path

type ProgramSearchPath = [ProgramSearchPathEntry] Source

A search path to use when locating executables. This is analogous to the unix $PATH or win32 %PATH% but with the ability to use the system default method for finding executables (findExecutable which on unix is simply looking on the $PATH but on win32 is a bit more complicated).

The default to use is [ProgSearchPathDefault] but you can add extra dirs either before, after or instead of the default, e.g. here we add an extra dir to search after the usual ones.

['ProgramSearchPathDefault', 'ProgramSearchPathDir' dir]

programSearchPathAsPATHVar :: ProgramSearchPath -> IO String Source

Interpret a ProgramSearchPath to construct a new $PATH env var. Note that this is close but not perfect because on Windows the search algorithm looks at more than just the %PATH%.