stack VS castle

Compare stack vs castle and see what are their differences.


A tool to manage shared cabal-install sandboxes. (by erochest)
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stack castle
47 -
3,947 5
0.2% -
9.9 0.0
4 days ago almost 4 years ago
Haskell Haskell
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of stack. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-08-24.
  • Leaving Haskell Behind
    7 projects | | 24 Aug 2023
    Ah, didn't run into this issue, as I don't use vscode.

    Apparently there is some work being done to improve the stack <> hls experience, but I wouldn't know how it's going and when it's being delivered:

  • Help, i get this error when executing the command "xmonad"
    1 project | /r/xmonad | 1 Jun 2023
    this is it: # This file was automatically generated by 'stack init' # # Some commonly used options have been documented as comments in this file. # For advanced use and comprehensive documentation of the format, please see: #\_configuration/ # Resolver to choose a 'specific' stackage snapshot or a compiler version. # A snapshot resolver dictates the compiler version and the set of packages # to be used for project dependencies. For example: # # resolver: lts-3.5 # resolver: nightly-2015-09-21 # resolver: ghc-7.10.2 # # The location of a snapshot can be provided as a file or url. Stack assumes # a snapshot provided as a file might change, whereas a url resource does not. # # resolver: ./custom-snapshot.yaml # resolver: resolver: url: # User packages to be built. # Various formats can be used as shown in the example below. # # packages: # - some-directory # - # subdirs: # - auto-update # - wai packages: - xmonad - xmonad-contrib # Dependency packages to be pulled from upstream that are not in the resolver. # These entries can reference officially published versions as well as # forks / in-progress versions pinned to a git hash. For example: # # extra-deps: # - acme-missiles-0.3 # - git: # commit: e7b331f14bcffb8367cd58fbfc8b40ec7642100a # # extra-deps: [] # Override default flag values for local packages and extra-deps # flags: {} # Extra package databases containing global packages # extra-package-dbs: [] # Control whether we use the GHC we find on the path # system-ghc: true # # Require a specific version of Stack, using version ranges # require-stack-version: -any # Default # require-stack-version: ">=2.11" # # Override the architecture used by Stack, especially useful on Windows # arch: i386 # arch: x86_64 # # Extra directories used by Stack for building # extra-include-dirs: [/path/to/dir] # extra-lib-dirs: [/path/to/dir] # # Allow a newer minor version of GHC than the snapshot specifies # compiler-check: newer-minor
  • ANN: stack-2.11.1
    2 projects | /r/haskell | 18 May 2023
    Fix incorrect warning if allow-newer-deps are specified but allow-newer is false. See #6068.
  • [ANN] First release candidate for stack-2.11.1
    1 project | /r/haskell | 5 May 2023
    You can download binaries for this pre-release from: Release rc/v2.11.0.1 (release candidate) · commercialhaskell/stack · GitHub .
  • PEP 582 rejected - consensus among the community needed
    7 projects | /r/Python | 28 Mar 2023
    Fair enough! Thanks for the suggestion, then. In fact, the non-Python language I develop most in (Haskell, with the Stack package manager) has exactly that behaviour as a default: new packages are installed to a sandboxed local directory, and it takes an explicit request to install something globally. (And even then, you can switch between different global "known good configurations" of package versions which work well together – a pretty handy feature.)
  • Any open source projects to contribute to for beginners
    8 projects | /r/haskell | 13 Feb 2023
  • How to suppress warnings from external packages?
    1 project | /r/haskell | 30 Jan 2023
    Opened a ticket on GitHub.
  • ANN: stack-2.9.3
    2 projects | /r/haskell | 17 Dec 2022
    In YAML configuration files, the hackage-security key of the package-index key or the package-indices item can be omitted, and the Hackage Security configuration for the item will default to that for the official Hackage server. See #5870.
  • `Stack build` fails with `gcc' failed in phase `Assembler'
    1 project | /r/haskell | 30 Nov 2022
    FYI this was solved in here:
  • [ANN] First release candidate for stack-2.9.3
    5 projects | /r/haskell | 22 Nov 2022
    Yes, that is correct. Stack's allow-newer: true configuration has always actually meant 'ignore bounds'. However, the author of the allow-newer-deps development has in mind a further development that will introduce an actual ignore-bounds key with the same expressive syntax that is used by Cabal. This is discussed at Stack #5910.


Posts with mentions or reviews of castle. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

We haven't tracked posts mentioning castle yet.
Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing stack and castle you can also consider the following projects:


hoogle - Haskell API search engine

Cabal - Official upstream development repository for Cabal and cabal-install

ghcid - Very low feature GHCi based IDE

stgi - A user-centric visual STG implementation to help understand GHC/Haskell's execution model.

haskell-language-server - Official haskell ide support via language server (LSP). Successor of ghcide & haskell-ide-engine.

hpack - hpack: A modern format for Haskell packages

profiterole - GHC prof manipulation script

BigPixel - Pixel art for games

implicit-hie - Auto generate a stack or cabal multi component hie.yaml file

gipeda - Git Performance Dashboard