GHC head and .haddocks

Edsko de Vries edskodevries at
Tue Jul 23 12:47:07 CEST 2013

Ok, I just realized that that ~/local/lib/ghc-7.7.20130721/html
directory it is looking for *does* exist in a normal build and
contains themes and stuff. Copying that from inplace/lib/html in the
ghc source tree avoids the internal error message, so this is probably
just another manifestation of the failure to install the haddocks in
the first place. I still don't know why that happened though (why it
didn't build the .haddock files nor install them, or the
inplace/lib/html directory).


On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM, Edsko de Vries <edskodevries at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to build and install ghc head, with the installation of the
> .haddocks. I'm running into all kinds of trouble though. I have
> docbook and docbook-xsl installed, am using the standard sample
> with the "quick" profile, modified to have
> and configure confirms that it will build docs. A full 'make' however
> leaves the source tree without any .haddock files inside, and a
> subsequent 'make install' does not install any .haddock files either.
> Moreover, curiously, no 'haddock' script is installed (only
> haddock-ghc-7.7.20130721) -- but perhaps that is expected?
> I can easily build the .haddock files manually by running "make html
> stage=0 FAST=YES" as per the wiki (inside, say, ../base/ in the source
> tree), and that works as expected, but a subsequent 'make install' in
> the root still does not install any .haddocks.
> I tried copying over the .haddock files manually, but now running
> haddock (copied from haddock-ghc-7.7.20130721) exits with
> haddock: internal error: /Users/dev/local/lib/ghc-7.7.20130721/html:
> getDirectoryContents: does not exist (No such file or directory)
> That path "/Users/dev/local/lib/ghc-7.7.20130721" is specified as the
> "topdir" in the haddock script and passed to the actual executable
> with -B and -l , and indeed that's where the libraries are installed.
> However, I don't understand why it's looking in
> ~/local/lib/ghc-7.7.20130721/html, because the html documentation is
> not installed there (but in ~/local/share/doc/ghc/html/libraries/).
> I'm shooting in the dark here really, I'm not really sure what's going
> on or what I've done wrong. Any pointers would be appreciated!
> Thanks,
> Edsko

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