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Ticket #22 (new defect)
platform tarball does not work out of the box on NixOS
|Reported by:||kosmikus||Owned by:||duncan|
|Component:||Generic source tarball||Keywords:|
[I don't really expect this to be fixed, but want to provide the information here in order to preserve it.]
The problem is that on NixOS, none of the libraries that the Haskell Platform expects (zlib, OpenGL/mesa just to name a few) are in standard paths. One sensible option if a user wants to make a user install is that a user has them in a local profile, so includes would be in $HOME/.nix-profile/include and libs in $HOME/.nix-profile/lib.
The configure script can be made to work by setting CFLAGS and LDFLAGS to make use of these dirs. However, the actual build process invokes Cabal, and Cabal has to pass these flags to the individual packages via --extra-include-dirs and --extra-lib-dirs, and I can't see a way to make that happen.