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duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Sun Nov 9 10:38:44 EST 2008
On Sun, 2008-11-09 at 14:59 +0000, Claus Reinke wrote:
> Talking about dependencies of cabal packages:
> - some packages depend on everything and the kitchen-sink,
> following the "ah, great, here's another package I should use"
> idea of what it means to provide a modern haskell package.
> It would be nice if package authors would consider separate minimal
> and extended dependencies, the former sufficient to enable the package
> functionality, the latter enabled by a flag, and only needed for testing
> frameworks, parser re-generation, convenience, performance, ..
That's fine so long as it does not change the external api of a package.
> - since Duncan has put in the work for making meta-packages possible
> for the Haskell Platform anyway, couldn't that be used to group typical
> dependencies together (eg, ghc corelibs, old extralibs, haskell platform,
> testing, ..), to make those dependency lists on hackage somewhat
> easier to comprehend?
> Probably, hackage/cabal could offer some support for reducing
> detailed dependencies to standard dependency groups.
Yes, it'd be useful to see what are the "non-standard" deps, ie those
outside of the core libs or the platform libs.
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