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1 Haskell on Arch Linux


  • all hackage packages into AUR or community.
  • automatic conversion of new cabal packages to AUR packages
  • make Arch Linux the most up to date Haskell platform around

1.1 Community

#arch-haskell on freenode.

1.2 Guidelines

We're working on a tool to automate PKGBUILD generation.


  • cabal install cabal2arch

1.2.1 Libraries

In general, each .cabal file should map to one PKGBUILD. The following conventions hold:

  • libraries have their cabal names prefixed with "haskell-"
  • all haskell dependencies are statically linked, so can go in the makdepends field.
  • all libraries have a dependency on 'ghc'

Registering Haskell libraries is done via a register hook:

build() {
    cd $startdir/src/cabal2arch-0.1
    runhaskell Setup configure --prefix=/usr || return 1
    runhaskell Setup build                   || return 1
    runhaskell Setup register   --gen-script || return 1
    runhaskell Setup unregister --gen-script || return 1
    install -D -m744   $startdir/pkg/usr/share/haskell/$pkgname/
    install    -m744 $startdir/pkg/usr/share/haskell/$pkgname/
    runhaskell Setup copy --destdir=$startdir/pkg || return 1
    install -D -m644 LICENSE $startdir/pkg/usr/share/licenses/$pkgname/LICENSE || return 1

1.2.2 Executables

  • Have their normal name