(Imported from Trac #225, reported by @dcoutts on 2008-01-31)
Sometimes people would like to build and install just part of a cabal project, e.g. the documentation or one of the libraries or binaries. Specific use-cases are packaging for OS distro's and generating Haddock docs for code that was installed without it (cf the current state of Debian-stable).
Igloo proposes the following user interface:
As long as docs, license and binaries can be (de)selected individually I don't really mind.
If you want a concrete suggestion, we could have --foo and --no-foo for each thing, with the default being --all and the command line being processed left-to-right, e.g.
cabal install --no-haddock-interfaces --docs --no-html
(Imported comment by guest on 2008-01-31)
One use for this is building split packages for profiling/non-profiling libraries using template haskell. The distro would like to install only profiling libraries under a specific destdir, but normal libraries must be build as well for template haskell support.
Given that there is no activity since 2008, I propose closing. Please re-open or create a new ticket if this is still desired.