Build system idea
marlowsd at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 06:34:00 EDT 2008
Roman Leshchinskiy wrote:
> Of course there should be a standard build system for simple packages.
> It could be part of Cabal or a separate tool (for which Cabal could,
> again, act as a preprocessor).
>> GHC is a special case: we already need a build system for other reasons.
> I agree. I just don't think that adding a full-fledged build system to
> Cabal is the solution. In my experience, huge monolithic tools which try
> to do everything never work well. I much prefer small, modular tools. A
> Haskell-based build system is an interesting project but why does it
> have to be a part of Cabal?
Hmm, but you said above "there should be a standard build system for simple
packages. It could be part of Cabal...".
Cabal has two parts: some generic infrastructure, and a "simple" build
system (under Distribution.Simple) that suffices for most packages. We
distribute them together only because it's convenient; you don't have to
use the simple build system if you don't want to.
I think perhaps you're objecting to the fact that the "simple" build system
isn't so simple, and we keep adding more functionality to it. This is
true, but the alternative - forcing some packages to provide their own
build system - seems worse to me.
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