[Haskell-beginners] can't make distribution, requires rerunning ./configure

Hollister Herhold hollister at fafoh.com
Fri Mar 29 13:38:33 CET 2013

(Coming from a Haskell newbie who has both used the Haskell Platform and built ghc from scratch-)

You want the Haskell Platform. It comes with a bunch of useful libraries in addition to ghc. If you're a beginner, it will do everything you need for quite a while.

Once you get used to using ghc and cabal and such, you can "upgrade" to the latest ghc (or the development head, if you're a bleeding-edge kind of person).

On Mar 29, 2013, at 7:31 AM, Josh Stratton wrote:

> Maybe I'm confused, but I did download the binary package.  That's the one I can't install.  I downloaded the binary package and followed the steps in the INSTALL file which included running the configure step (with an optional prefix) and "make install".  I don't think it's actually building ghc.  I can try the haskell platform to see what happens.  
> On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM, Karl Voelker <ktvoelker at gmail.com> wrote:
> This isn't exactly an answer to your question, but have you considered using the Haskell Platform (which is recommended for most purposes) or a GHC binary package?
> http://www.haskell.org/platform/
> http://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_7_6_2#binaries
> -Karl
> On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM, Josh Stratton <strattonbrazil at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently downloaded the ghc distribution for Linux (x86_64) and had difficulty installing to my machine.  The configure step seems to have completed successfully, but when I run the followup "make install", it fails suggesting that I haven't run the configure command yet.  
> atlas => ./configure --prefix=/opt/ghc
> checking for path to top of build tree... /tmp/ghc-7.6.2
> Build platform inferred as: x86_64-unknown-linux
> Host platform inferred as: x86_64-unknown-linux
> Target platform inferred as: x86_64-unknown-linux
> GHC build  : x86_64-unknown-linux
> GHC host   : x86_64-unknown-linux
> GHC target : x86_64-unknown-linux
> checking for perl... /rel/map/generic-2012.18.last/bin/perl
> checking if your perl works in shell scripts... yes
> checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
> checking whether ln -s works... yes
> checking for gsed... sed
> checking for gcc... /usr/bin/gcc
> checking for gcc... /usr/bin/gcc
> checking whether the C compiler works... yes
> checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
> checking for suffix of executables... 
> checking whether we are cross compiling... no
> checking for suffix of object files... o
> checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
> checking whether /usr/bin/gcc accepts -g... yes
> checking for /usr/bin/gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
> checking version of gcc... 4.4.6
> checking how to run the C preprocessor... /usr/bin/gcc -E
> checking whether ld understands --hash-size=31... 
> checking whether ld understands --reduce-memory-overheads... 
> checking for extra options to pass gcc when compiling via C...  -fwrapv
> checking Setting up CFLAGS, LDFLAGS, IGNORE_LINKER_LD_FLAGS and CPPFLAGS... done
> checking for .subsections_via_symbols... no
> checking whether your assembler supports .ident directive... yes
> checking for GNU non-executable stack support... yes
> checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
> checking for egrep... /bin/grep -E
> checking for ANSI C header files... yes
> checking for sys/types.h... yes
> checking for sys/stat.h... yes
> checking for stdlib.h... yes
> checking for string.h... yes
> checking for memory.h... yes
> checking for strings.h... yes
> checking for inttypes.h... yes
> checking for stdint.h... yes
> checking for unistd.h... yes
> checking size of void *... 8
> checking for ar... /usr/bin/ar
> checking whether /usr/bin/ar is GNU ar... yes
> checking for ar arguments... q
> checking whether ranlib is needed... no
> configure: creating ./config.status
> config.status: creating settings
> config.status: creating mk/config.mk
> config.status: creating mk/install.mk
> ****************************************************
> Configuration done, ready to 'make install'
> (see README and INSTALL files for more info.)
> ****************************************************
>                                                                                                                                         atlas => make install
> make -r --no-print-directory -f ghc.mk install BINDIST=YES NO_INCLUDE_DEPS=YES
> ghc.mk:122: *** Please run ./configure first.  Stop.
> make: *** [install] Error 2
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