Ubuntu

haskell-platform & GHC out-of-sync & versioning

Reported by Nick on 2012-09-07
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This bug affects 35 people
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haskell-platform (Ubuntu)
Undecided
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Bug Description

The haskell platform http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/contents.html is a set of haskell packages that are known to work together @ specific versions.

haskell-platform (2012.1.0.0) (precise) seems to specify the versions of http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/changelog.html so should be named haskell-platform (2012.2.0.0) (precise)

Also haskell-platform (2012.2.0.0) (quantal) seems to specify versions greater than the official Haskell platform.

I believe that the versions of this package should reflect precisely the same set of Haskell packages, as those versions of the official Haskell platform do.

could help with https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/haskell-platform/+bug/1036298

With Haskell you can stick with the platform (stable) or upgrade to the latest version of a package. Ubuntu does not need to make its own selection -- or if it does -- don't call it "The haskell platform".

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in haskell-platform (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ben Hilburn (bhilburn) wrote :

This is a really obnoxious decision, and has actually resulted in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail not having a haskell-platform package, because the raring package for GHC doesn't work with the previous or current version of the Haskell Platform.

The dev deleted the entire haskell-platform package in April, saying that a new "platform" package wasn't ready, but it is now, and that doesn't work with the currently packaged version of GHC:

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/raring/i386/haskell-platform

http://www.haskell.org/platform/linux.html

Ubuntu 13.04 users are now in the awkward situation of either not getting to use this, or having to build it from source. Because of the compiler mis-match, though, the devs are forcing users to download and compile a new version of the compiler manually, and then download and compile the haskell-platform manually.

http://askubuntu.com/a/316465/50942

This is pretty terrible, and is only going to lead to massive confusion and broken Haskell installs.

summary: - version numbers
+ haskell-platform & GHC out-of-sync & versioning
Ben Hilburn (bhilburn) on 2013-08-06
tags: added: haskell
Robert Tucker (l-d-o) wrote :

This has severely limited the usefulness of 13.04 for me.

keyneom (keyneom122) wrote :

I would add that is pretty annoying for me as well. (Just thought I would mention since nothing seems to be getting done for this).

Bitterjug (bitterjug) wrote :

Affects me too, is it fixed in 13.10?

fcolcord (fcolcord) wrote :

Looks like it works in 13.10. I didn't see it when I searched Synaptic for "Haskell", but when I searched for "haskell platform" I found it and installed it. I know absolutely nothing about Haskell, and wanted to start with the platform. I have looked for it in the past. I'm glad it seems to install now.

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