Haskell package guidelines

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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


#arch-haskell on freenode.


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


  • cabal install cabal2arch


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 register.sh   $startdir/pkg/usr/share/haskell/$pkgname/register.sh
   install    -m744 unregister.sh $startdir/pkg/usr/share/haskell/$pkgname/unregister.sh
   runhaskell Setup copy --destdir=$startdir/pkg || return 1
   install -D -m644 LICENSE $startdir/pkg/usr/share/licenses/$pkgname/LICENSE || return 1


  • Have their normal name