[Fedora-haskell-list] Planning for the Haskell Platform

Bryan O'Sullivan bos at serpentine.com
Sun Oct 12 21:22:46 UTC 2008

GHC 6.10.1 will be the last release that ships with extralibs, the
"metapackage" of libraries that has been comaintained with GHC since

In fact, extralibs will be obsoleted within the lifetime of GHC
6.10.1. Its replacement, the Haskell Platform, should be released
within a month after 6.10.1 itself. The Platform will develop and be
maintained on a schedule independent of GHC, so it no longer makes
sense to tie the two together.

Since GHC without extralibs/Platform is completely useless for
practical development, we need to sort out a strategy for this pretty

One simple possibility: split the ghc package up now. Initially create
a "ghc-platform" subpackage in the same spec file, containing
extralibs. Make the ghc package depend on ghc-platform, so it will be
autoinstalled by a depsolver. When the real platform is released,
split ghc into toplevel ghc and ghc-platform packages, chop out the
ghc-platform subpackage from the ghc spec file, but don't rebuild the
ghc package (since not necessary). A build of the new ghc-platform
package should supersede the old subpackage (since rpm itself doesn't
seem to know about subpackages at all). Someone installing ghc after
the splitup should get the old ghc and the new ghc-platform.

Does this sound reasonable? The only actions required from anyone else
in the next week or two are to (a) state an opinion on this and, if
it's generally positive (b) for someone to review a placeholder
ghc-package review request, so we can crank in a timely manner when
the final platform is released.

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