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implement cabal upgrade (installs new versions of all packages) #190
Should be done:
Mon Dec 31 13:39:53 PST 2007 ijones@…
M ./Hackage/Dependency.hs -2 +59 M ./Hackage/Setup.hs +9 A ./Hackage/Upgrade.hs M ./Main.hs +10 M ./cabal-install.cabal +3
I'm glad this is in, I just want to think about the user interface for a moment; for these variations on installing/upgrading stuff, what mix of top level commands or modifying flags they should use.
So at the moment the behaviour is:
cabal install foomeans install the package foo only if it is not already installed. If a newer version is available it is ignored. Though if someone specifies cabal install foo-1.1 then that really will be installed, even if foo-1.0 is installed already. This is probably not what most people want (see #168 & #198).
cabal upgrademeans upgrade all upgradable packages. Presumably we upgrade them in dependency order.
There are more variations that people would probably like so the question is, what variations, and how should the user interface allow those things to be expressed.
One data point that I am familiar with is gentoo's package manager. It has a number of variations:
emerge foomeans install or re-install package foo. So if a newer one is available, that newer one will be installed. This is the behaviur that bugs #168 & #198 are asking for. If foo is already installed and no later version is available then it is re-installed. The default behavior is not to upgrade dependencies of foo even if updates are available, that is we install/upgrade the minimum number of packages necessary to install the package requested.
emerge foo --updatechanges the behavior so that foo is not re-installed if it is already installed. Remember the default behavior was to reinstall foo if it was the latest version.
This is probably the most controversial behasvour. It'd make a lot of sense to reverse the default of this mode and make --update the default and have something like --force-reinstall to re-install the same version that is already installed.
emerge foo --deepThis modifies the behaviour to also update dependencies. So this updates the maximal number of packages that are used directly or indirectly by package foo.
There are also a couple meta-packages. One emerge world which is all packages that have ever been explicitly requested (ie not including packages that were merely dependencies of requested packages). That detail is probably not necessary, but we could do with an everything target.
So in this gentoo semantics, we'd express the new upgrade command by
emerge world --update --deep