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(Imported from Trac #482, reported by @dcoutts on 2009-02-01)
Many packages use ./configure scripts which make them hard to use on Windows as it requires MSYS. Ideally packages could do these custom checks in Setup.hs scripts or very common checks might be possible in the Simple build system itself.
This task is to do a survey of the packages on hackage that use ./configure scripts and identify the most common checks that they are doing. Specifically we would like to know what number of ./configure scripts could be eliminated by implementing various features in Cabal (either to do the checks directly or to make it easier to do the checks in per-package Setup.hs scripts).