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Re: [bug#38593] Remove invalid library directories from some haskell pac

From: John Soo
Subject: Re: [bug#38593] Remove invalid library directories from some haskell packages
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:28:52 -0800

Hi Ludo and guix,

Let me explain my problem. Maybe there is some other explanation here and these 
patches aren’t necessary.

When I have stylish-haskell installed I have troubles compiling anything using 
plain ghc.   I want to use the ghc packages in the profile but for some reason 
ghc reports the database is invalid because of at least stylish-haskell and I 
think I’ve seen hoogle as well.

> Does it hurt in practice, or are these invalid databases shadowed by the
> one created in the profile?

I’m not sure what you mean here. I think I dod not explained my problem well 
enough. Does the explanation above make sense?

Another possibility is the duplication of path variables in tmux where I 
usually operate. 

Thinking now, maybe another explanation is because stylish-haskell and 
ghc-stylish-haskell are fighting each other? They are duplicate packages and 
maybe if one is removed it will be ok?

> Should we add a phase in ‘haskell-build-system’ that systematically
> removes package databases?

I don’t think so. I like having the profile packages. A lot of times I prefer 
to use plain ghc with the profile packages over cabal or another tool so I’m 
happy to have the packages in the database.

The ones I was considering removing were ones that primarily provide a binary 
to use - hoogle and stylish-haskell are primarily used as binaries.  However on 
second thought if I wanted to use them as libraries I think I would be confused 
as to why I could not.

Overall I am leaning towards finding some other solution.

Thanks everyone!


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