Offering GHC builder build slaves

Austin Seipp austin at
Wed Apr 9 01:51:06 UTC 2014

Right, I can provide right now, with minimal fuss::

 - 64 bit Linux (32bit as well, if you just use a chroot - not hard.
Rackspace just doesn't provide 32bit VMs by default these days). 24/7
365 availability, roughty.
 - 32 bit Windows and 64bit Windows. 24/7 365 availability, roughly.
 - I do have a dedicated OS X Lion machine that can be a 64bit Mac
build slave. But no 32bit machine. And occasionally the network
sometimes cuts out, but this is normally fixable and/or transient.

So I think I can already cobble together all the necessary Tier 1
platforms to get us going, I just need to point the machines somewhere
to get them started.

In lieu of anyone else, I can monitor the Windows client. I can
monitor the Linux and OS X builds of course (and do so regularly
anyway), since it seems FreeBSD and Solaris are well cared for
(hooray!) But ideally someone else can do so too, and I'd really like
that! Anyone willing?

I'll look into getting these running with builder clients as soon as
possible and follow up.

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM, Páli Gábor János <pali.gabor at> wrote:
> 2014-04-08 14:16 GMT+02:00 Austin Seipp <austin at>:
>> Pali, since you seem to leading this - what are your thoughts? I'm
>> more than willing to give you some hardware and put it under
>> domain, and just get out of your way if you'd like. :)
> I have summarized some of my thoughts in my previous mail to Alain:
>> I think the best would be if we could cover all the possible and
>> probable combination of architectures and platforms and avoid the
>> redundancies.
> Earlier, there was the concept of "sponsor" for the given platform, I
> guess it would still make sense to re-introduce it.  The sponsor is
> somebody who is willing to pay attention to the given platform, run a
> builder client for it, therefore maintaining it.  For Tier-1
> platforms, such support was a requirement back then.
> So, we would need to set up at least the following builders: {Linux,
> Windows, Mac OS X} {x86, x86_64}, and then I could migrate all the
> others I have on my machine to there as well.


Austin Seipp, Haskell Consultant
Well-Typed LLP,

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