Building GHC under Wine?

Alexander Kjeldaas alexander.kjeldaas at
Fri Aug 8 05:21:35 UTC 2014

Microsoft has free VMs for testing purposes. It expires after 90 days and
the only relevant limitation that i see is that it's not licensed for a
"live operating environment".

That might or might not exclude Travis, but scripting a test that
developers can run personally should be allowed.

On Aug 8, 2014 5:14 AM, "Mateusz Kowalczyk" <fuuzetsu at> wrote:

> On 07/16/2014 12:55 AM, Joachim Breitner wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I feel sorry for Simon always repeatedly stuck with an unbuildable tree,
> > and an idea crossed my mind: Can we build¹ GHC under Wine? If so, is it
> > likely to catch the kind of problems that Simon is getting? If so, maybe
> > it runs fast enough to be also tested by travis on every commit?
> >
> > (This mail is to find out if people have tried it before. If not, I’ll
> > give it a quick shot.)
> >
> > Greetings,
> > Joachim
> >
> > ¹ we surely can use it:
> >
> >
> Perhaps this is a bit off-tangent but few months ago there were some
> commits landing to the nix package manager which allow you to run tests
> in a Windows VM. It was created to run tests for things like
> cross-compiled packages but it probably could be adapted.
> If you don't mind actually installing Windows (in a VM) and have nix
> already/plan on using it then that might be a more preferable workflow:
> create a nix expression that builds a validates GHC in the VM and spits
> out the result.
> It's just something I thought I should mention in case anyone was
> interested.
> --
> Mateusz K.
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