Does anyone have suggestions about how to install pandoc on Arch? I am trying to install pandoc-static from here: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pandoc-static/, although it appears to be conflicting with my xmonad installation (I use xmonad as a TWM):

[grease-lightning]/home/.../builds/pandoc-static$ makepkg -s
==> Making package: pandoc-static (Sun Aug 16 23:18:48 PDT 2015)
==> Checking runtime dependencies...
==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> Retrieving sources...
  -> Found pandoc-static-
  -> Found pandoc-static-
==> Validating source files with sha512sums...
    pandoc-static- ... Passed
    pandoc-static- ... Skipped
==> Verifying source file signatures with gpg...
    pandoc-static- ... Passed
==> Extracting sources...
  -> Extracting pandoc-static- with bsdtar
==> Starting prepare()...
==> Removing existing $pkgdir/ directory...
==> Starting build()...
  -> Skipping List-0.5.2
  -> Skipping SHA-
  -> Skipping base64-bytestring-
  -> Skipping byteable-0.1.1
  -> Skipping cereal-
  -> Skipping cmdargs-0.10.13
  -> Building data-default-class-0.0.1
Warning: The package list for 'hackage.haskell.org' does not exist. Run 'cabal
update' to download it.
Resolving dependencies...
In order, the following would be installed:
data-default-class-0.0.1 (reinstall)
cabal: The following packages are likely to be broken by the reinstalls:
Use --force-reinstalls if you want to install anyway.
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build().

I am afraid of breaking my xmonad TWM if I force the reinstall. What should I do?

Perhaps I should install Pandoc via sudo cabal install --global pandoc? If so, how should I install cabal? I was thinking that I should download it from here: https://www.haskell.org/cabal/download.html

Any suggestions or recommendations are appreciated. I am also happy to clarify anything.


Sadly, the AUR packages have been very broken for some time. The easiest way to do it is just to install cabal-install and then install pandoc in your home directory with (as non-root):

cabal update
cabal install pandoc

Then you end up with pandoc in ~/.cabal/bin/pandoc.

It would be great if someone fixes the AUR packages, but until then, using cabal to install something in system risks making updates to ghc not work properly.


When you use cabal to install stuff in your home directory, it puts files under ~/.ghc and ~/.cabal. So worst case if you want to start fresh you can just recursively delete those directories. By contrast, when you install stuff in /usr without pacman (as would happen with cabal install --global ...), there might be residue there that makes it hard to upgrade ghc.

  • When you say using cabal to install something in system risks making updates to ghc not work properly, are you referring to a "thorough" cabal install, and not the cabal-install tool? Thus, if I use the cabal-install tool to run cabal install pandoc (without sudo), then I am not risking a break in my xmonad installation, right? Just to be sure, cabal-install installs everything under my home directory, which makes the installation safer, right? – modulitos Aug 17 '15 at 7:51
  • I am saying the --global flag to cabal install is dangerous because it will write stuff to /usr that is not under pacman's control, but the --user flag should be fine because it only affects what is under $HOME/.cabal. When you aren't root, things default to --user. – user3188445 Aug 17 '15 at 7:55

The dynamic linked pandoc package just entered [community] on Oct 13, 2015. For now the installation is huge, but we will try to improve.

  • Update: pandoc is not depending on the haskell libs any more, and you can install haskell-pandoc whenever you need the libraries. – Felix Yan Jan 25 '16 at 15:44
  • just installed pandoc using pacman, it's saying can't find libcmark.so.0.27.0 library. I checked, cmark is installed and is version 0.27 – ierdna May 18 '17 at 22:40
  • it appears that pandoc package is looking for cmark 0.27.0 but the latest version is 0.27.1. Please update the pandoc package – ierdna May 19 '17 at 12:09
  • Your mirror may be out of date or your system may not be fully updated. I do not have the problem here. – Felix Yan May 19 '17 at 15:09
  • i ran pacman -Syu prior to doing this. i should mention i'm running on armv7h architecture. – ierdna May 19 '17 at 16:01

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