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@@ -34,6 +34,38 @@ commands that place the project's build artifacts in the cabal-dev
sandbox, as well as leaving the binaries in the familiar `dist`
+### Ghci with cabal-dev
+Cabal-dev and greater are capable of launching ghci with the
+project's package database and local modules (if the package under
+development exposes a library).
+ # First, you must cabal-dev install the package to populate the
+ # package database:
+ $ cabal-dev install
+ ....
+ <snip>
+ ....
+ $ cabal-dev ghci
+ GHCi, version 6.12.3: :? for help
+ Loading package ghc-prim ... linking ... done.
+ Loading package integer-gmp ... linking ... done.
+ Loading package base ... linking ... done.
+ Loading package ffi-1.0 ... linking ... done.
+ Prelude>
+The ghci shell should have access to all the libraries your
+application/library is using, as well as any modules that your library
+Note that this is not quite as natural as your traditional ghci shell,
+namely: Source modifications are not visible without exiting,
+re-issuing `cabal-dev install` *and* `cabal-dev ghci`. This will
+eventually get better, but that's where things are right now. The
+reason for this is that `cabal-dev ghci` just issues ghci with the
+cabal-dev package database (and excluding the user package db, to best
+reflect what cabal-dev does when it causes compilation).
## Building with private dependencies
Cabal-dev also allows you to use un-released packages as though they

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