[darcs-users] Installing darcs 2.3.1 on OS X is a royal pain
kowey at darcs.net
Sun Oct 25 10:22:36 UTC 2009
On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 12:13:03 +0200, Reinier Lamers wrote:
> Shouldn't we also add a note to the download page, stating that the safest
> way to get a working darcs on OS X is MacPorts? And then say that the
> binaries we provide are for those who need the latest & greatest, but are
> probably not as well-tested? When I go to darcs.net, trying to get an OS X
> version, I am directed to the binaries section without any mention of the
The downloads page should probably mention MacPorts.
I'll note that the MacPorts seems to be a common cause of irritation
among Mac users needing to install darcs. The complaint is simply that
compiling GHC takes forever (MacPorts believes in being self-contained
and therefore predictable, which seems sensible, but results in Mac
users drumming their fingers for interminable GHC installations). Maybe
this just goes away as computers get faster and faster :-)
I've also been thinking that maybe...
- We could do away with the 'Hard Way' installation instructions and
just require cabal-install outright (although keeping the bits that
specify, eg. how to build sans curl). Or maybe just add a footnote
saying that if you really do not want to use cabal-install, see the
darcs.cabal file for a list of dependencies. I imagine this is
either controversial, or has been discussed before, though, so I
won't press the issue.
- The manual could recommend the Haskell Platform as an easy
way to get both GHC and cabal-install
So this is aiming towards the problem that people often either do not
read (just skimming with eyes glazed over; I'm guilty of this) or
misread... sort of a tough problem to copy with.
Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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