passing CFLAGS and LDFLAGS to ghc via Cabal?

Sergei Trofimovich slyich at
Fri Oct 24 20:10:39 UTC 2014

On Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:51:04 +0900
Jens Petersen <juhpetersen at> wrote:

> Hi,
> This may seem like a strange question since most ghc compilation uses the
> NCG or llvm backends, but I want to ask about how/if one can pass
> CFLAGS/LDFLAGS to gcc from Cabal?
> So far I tried using --gcc-options="$RPM_OPT_FLAGS" (and also just
> exporting CFLAGS), but as far as I can tell (from --ghc-option=-v) the
> options are not passed by ghc to gcc. Is the problem that ghc first
> compiles C code to assembler before compiling the asm to an object file?
> (This is in the context of adding of trying to add debuginfo for C files to
> Fedora's Haskell packages, though I am not even sure if it is useful. Maybe
> it is a futile experiment?)

I believe the proper way to pass them is via
    --ghc-option="-optc$EACH_CFLAG -optl$EACH_LDFLAG -opta$EACH_ASFLAG"
as Cabal uses ghc to compile .c/.cpp files.

At least it's how we do it in gentoo
to preserve debug syms and play with
things like -Wl,--as-needed -Wl,--hash-style=gnu.


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