docker GHC image for hacking

Greg Weber greg at
Tue Dec 9 00:35:36 UTC 2014


As someone who started hacking on GHC last month I wanted to tell you that
there is to high an overhead to getting started and overall to contributing
to GHC.

One thing that can help is to make getting to the point of compiling GHC a
much faster experience rather than starting off by dreading the process of
installing dependencies. I created a docker image that has everything
needed pre-installed. I do know that there are existing docker images for
running the GHC compiler, but I am not aware of any designed for hacking on

Please give it a try and let me know if it works for you. The beauty is
that once you have GHC checked out, if you have docker installed you are a
single command away from having a working GHC environment:

    docker run --rm -i -t -v `pwd`:/home/ghc gregweber/ghc-haskell-dev

Once getting some feedback, I would like to document this on the wiki and
recommend it for Linux users (definitely for anyone that is familiar with

Thank you,
Greg Weber
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