How accessible is a dynamically-linked ghc?

Ian Lynagh ian at
Fri Jul 12 19:56:37 CEST 2013

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 02:42:27PM -0500, Nicolas Frisby wrote:
>   1) How much effort does it take for a user to install a
> dynamically-linked ghc executable on Tier 1 platforms? Just download the
> source and set DYNAMIC_GHC_PROGRAMS=YES?

From 7.8, the plan is for this to be the default on platforms that
support it.

>   2) Are the major GHC distributors planning on distributing
> dynamically-linked ghc by default? GHC HQ, Haskell Platform,

The plan is/was for this to be the only way to support GHCi, but see the
discussion on

Ian Lynagh, Haskell Consultant
Well-Typed LLP,

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