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The cabal-install package ========================= [Cabal home page](http://www.haskell.org/cabal/) The `cabal-install` package provides a command line tool called `cabal`. The tool uses the `Cabal` library and provides a convenient user interface to the Cabal/Hackage package build and distribution system. It can build and install both local and remote packages, including dependencies. Installation instructions for the cabal-install command line tool ================================================================= The `cabal-install` package requires a number of other packages, most of which come with a standard ghc installation. It requires the `network` package, which is sometimes packaged separately by Linux distributions, for example on debian or ubuntu it is in "libghc6-network-dev". It requires three other Haskell packages that are not always installed: * Cabal (version 1.6 or later) * HTTP (version 4000 or later) * zlib (version 0.4 or later) All of these are available from [Hackage](http://hackage.haskell.org). Note that on some Unix systems you may need to install an additional zlib development package using your system package manager. This is because the Haskell zlib package uses the system zlib C library and header files. In future, cabal-install will be part of the Haskell Platform so will not need to be installed separately. In the mean time however you have to install it manually. Since it is just an ordinary Cabal package it can be built in the standard way, but to make it a bit easier we have partly automated the process: Quickstart on Unix systems -------------------------- As a convenience for users on Unix systems there is a bootstrap.sh script which will download and install each of the dependencies in turn. $ ./bootstrap.sh It will download and install the above three dependencies. The script will install the library packages into `$HOME/.cabal/` and the `cabal` program will be installed into `$HOME/.cabal/bin/`. You then have two choices: * put `$HOME/.cabal/bin` on your `$PATH` * move the `cabal` program elsewhere and edit the `$HOME/.cabal/config` file and set the `symlink-bindir` entry to point to an alternative location where that is on your `$PATH`, eg a `$HOME/bin` directory. Quickstart on Windows systems ----------------------------- For Windows users we provide a pre-compiled [cabal.exe] program. Just download it and put it somewhere on your `%PATH%`. [cabal.exe]: http://haskell.org/cabal/release/cabal-install-latest/cabal.exe Using cabal-install =================== There are two sets of commands: commands for working with a local project build tree and ones for working with distributed released packages from hackage. For a list of the full set of commands and the flags for each command see $ cabal --help Commands for developers for local build trees --------------------------------------------- The commands for local project build trees are almost exactly the same as the `runghc Setup` command line interface that many people are already familiar with. In particular there are the commands cabal configure cabal build cabal haddock cabal clean cabal sdist The `install` command is somewhat different. It is an all-in-one operation. If you run $ cabal install in your build tree it will configure, build and install. It takes all the flags that `configure` takes such as `--global` and `--prefix`. In addition, if any dependencies are not installed it will download and install them. If can also rebuild packages to ensure a consistent set of dependencies. Commands for released hackage packages -------------------------------------- $ cabal update This command gets the latest list of packages from the hackage server. Currently this command has to be run manually occasionally, in particular if you want to install a newly released package. $ cabal install xmonad This is the eponymous command. It installs one or more named packages (and all their dependencies) from hackage. By default it installs the latest available version however you can optionally specify exact versions or version ranges. For example `cabal install alex-2.2` or `cabal install parsec < 3`. $ cabal upgrade xmonad This is a variation on the `install` command. Both mean to install the latest version, the only difference is in the treatment of dependencies. The `install` command tries to use existing installed versions of dependent packages while the `upgrade` command tries to upgrade all the dependencies too. $ cabal list xml This does a search of the installed and available packages. It does a case-insensitive substring match on the package name.