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Hackage mirror as static files

This repository contains a few scripts to generate a static web site acting as a local Hackage server. The offered packages can be a subset of the real Hackage, managed by a manually edited file.

The result (with all packages) is visible at


On the real Hackage, all .cabal files of all packages are available at two locations:

The second location is a redirect to the first one. I guess it is necessary for older cabal-install versions. Note that HTTP is available too and is actually a necessity for cabal-install.

That file is roughly 7.1 M. The structure of the index is as follow:

> tar tf index.tar.gz

The corresponding package actually lives at (note the missing "s" to "package"):

On Hackage, the cabal file is also available at:

Note: currently we don't download the .cabal file or serve it separately.

Generating the content

We don't necessarily download everything from Hackage. The whole Hackage is about 9G. Instead we download only what is listed in package-names.txt. The format looks like:


I.e. what tar tf index.tar.gz outputs, minus the cabal file component. An example file reesd-package-names.txt (actually used to develop Reesd) is provided.

Thus running

> ./

will download the individual tarballs, put them in the correct places within the static directory (using the first URI layout described above; the second layout is provided by an Nginx rewrite rule).

TODO The index that we serve ourselves should be regenerated to only list the file that we actually have.

A full mirror can be created and updated with the script.

Serving the index and packages

With the Docker image from, it is straightforward to serve the static directory (built in the previous section):

> docker run -d \
    -p 80:80 \
    -v `pwd`/static:/usr/share/nginx/www \
    -v `pwd`/sites-enabled:/etc/nginx/sites-enabled \

Note that the Nginx configuration's server name is Please adapat it to your needs.

Note for automatic downloads / mirroring

Support for both If-None-Match and If-Modified-Since headers is broken on the official Hackage. (See

Usage of noteed/nginx as showned above supports If-Modified-Since.

This means that providing the value of Last-modified (as-is) allows one to not download the new index if not necessary. Instead, a 304 Not Modified is returned:

> curl -I -H 'If-Modified-Since: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:26:11 GMT' \
HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified
Server: nginx/1.1.19
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:29:31 GMT
Last-Modified: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:26:11 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

If you want to setup a mirror, downloading all Hackage's packages is time consuming and probably an increase in transfer that it would be happy to avoid.

A better way is to use rsync. See


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