Rework parsing of Cabal metadata (#692)

Authored by snowleopard on Sep 29 2018, 5:43 AM.


Rework parsing of Cabal metadata (Trac #692)

The current implementation of parsing Cabal data is a big mess, which affects performance as described in Trac #671 and Trac #550. In this PR we simplify the implementation and avoid unnecessary reparsing.

As a result, the zero build time is reduced from 30 seconds to 5 seconds on my machine. The full build time seems to have been improved as well, since now all CI bots complete within the time limit. On the other hand, the speed up of the full build with -j on my machine does not appear to be significant.