Can't compile GHC
robdockins at fastmail.fm
Mon May 9 10:37:39 EDT 2005
Daniel Carrera wrote:
> I've been trying to learn Haskell.
> Some software isn't user friendly. But I think that a compiler requiring
> itself to compile is actively user hostile.
Perhaps. Nonetheless it is common practice for compilers to be written
in the target language and to be compiled via bootstrapping. Ever take
a look at the GCC sources? You guessed it: C.
> I check the website, hoping to find a binary. I find an old binary, but
> it just won't work. Something about libgcc_s.so.1.
The newest version of GHC (6.4) does not work on Solaris for reasons
that are known but as-yet unsolved because the development team lacks a
Solaris guru. Version 6.2.2 has a Solaris build available:
From the site:
NOTE: you must use GCC 2.95 or 3.4+ on Sparc. There is a known bug
with GCC versions between 3.0-3.3 which causes incorrect code to be
If this is the binary you found, it is possible you have an incorrect
version of GCC. With some more information (version numbers would be a
good start), it may be possible for some of the other Solaris users on
this list to help.
> At this point I really wonder why the compiler was designed this way
> instead of doing the configure; make; make install that everyone else
> does. It's not often that it takes me more than a week to compile a
> At this point I decide that I'll teach people Python instead of Haskell.
> I don't particularly like Python, but hey, it works.
Your choice, of course.
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