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Eta Hackage

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This repository contains a set of patches for particular packages from Hackage that cannot be built out-of-the-box with etlas. To install a package, you have to run the following command:

etlas install <package-name>

etlas will take care of downloading the tar file, optionally patching it, and installing it. If a patch is in the repo, but your local etlas in unable to find a patch for it, run

etlas update

and try the installation again.

Table of Contents

Package Categorization


We have categorized the packages from Hackage below in relation to etlas support. If a package from Hackage has not been listed here, it means no one has tried to build it and categorize it.

If you would like to have a given package/version made compatible with etlas, you can:

Supported Packages

These packages are supported by etlas.

Unsupported Packages

These packages are heavy on FFI dependencies and don't make sense in the context of the JVM, hence no effort will be made to port them.

  • None for now

Built-in Packages

These packages have special meaning in the Eta compiler and hence are provided upon installation.

  • base-
  • integer-
    • NOTE: Due to the drastic differences between the Integer implementations, the public API between the corresponding GHC package is slightly different.
  • ghc-prim-
    • NOTE: Due to the introduction of new primitives for Eta, the public API between the corresponding GHC package is slightly different.


Patching a Library

Suppose that you find a library you want to patch or fix an existing patch, say somepackage-


If you have already forked this repository, then skip to step 3.

  1. Fork this repository.

  2. Clone the forked repository.

    git clone
  3. Checkout the master branch and pull any changes.

    git checkout master
    git pull
  4. Create a new branch with the same name as the package.

    $ git checkout -b somepackage


  1. Fetch the package and navigate to it.

    etlas get somepackage-
    cd somepackage-
  2. If the message "Found patch in eta-hackage for somepackage-" appeared in step 1, skip to step 3.

    Otherwise, initialize a Git repository and make an initial commit.

    git init && git add . && git commit -m "First"
  3. Build the package.

    etlas build
  4. If the previous version of the package has already been patched, try out:

    git apply --ignore-space-change --ignore-whitespace --reject [path-to-path]

    This will work in most cases. If not, resolve the changes.

  5. Otherwise, apply the desired changes and go back to step 3 as long as the build fails.

  6. Once the build succeeds, make a commit.

    git add . && git commit -m "Patched"
  7. Create a patch.

    git format-patch HEAD~ --stdout > somepackage-
  8. If you have changed the .cabal file of the package in your patch, make a copy and rename it from somepackage.cabal to somepackage-

    cp somepackage.cabal somepackage-
  9. Copy the patch file and the cabal file (if changed) to the patches directory in your local clone of your fork of the eta-hackage repository.

    NOTE: $YOUR_FORK_PATH should be replaced with the path to the local clone of your forked version of eta-hackage.

    If the cabal file didn't change:

    cp somepackage- $YOUR_FORK_PATH/patches/

    If the cabal file changes:

    cp somepackage- somepackage- $YOUR_FORK_PATH/patches/
  10. Update this with the package name (in alphabetical order) in the Supported Packages section in the same format as the other packages.

    If there already exists an entry for an older or newer version of the package, please consolidate the new versions into the existing entry. You can see the directory entry as an example.

  11. In your eta-hackage repository,

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -m "Patched somepackage-"
    $ git push origin
  12. Submit a pull request to this repository for review.


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