GHC hacking in Windows -> too much pain
ndmitchell at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 08:54:07 EDT 2007
> For some weeks I've tried many times to get ghc builds going,
> with the idea I could help with Windows bugs. But I find simply
> building ghc in my non-static configuration Windows machine is
> simply too frustrating.
My experience building the libraries for Hugs using Windows (in
particular Mingw) are also frustrating. The problem is that these are
clearly Unix/Linux tools, which (with luck and hacks) also work on
Windows to some degree. I have submitted one patch to GHC, and for
that I borrowed my friends Linux box. If I was able to easily build
GHC from source on Windows, I would be substantially more likely to
We had similar problems in Yhc, so decided to move to Scons to have a
properly cross platform and consistent build system. My only advice
from that experiment is _never_ use Scons. Our current plan is to move
to a hand-rolled Haskell build system, but we still have no idea how
that should work.
In summary, configure/make is currently the best option, but is also
hopeless compared to the beauty of Haskell we are all used to.
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