Building GHC API Documentation?

Richard Eisenberg eir at
Tue Jul 15 11:36:00 UTC 2014

I've discovered that passing options to `make` doesn't necessarily work all that well. Certain ones work great, but it's not as reliable as I might like.

That said, have you tried running the command in the ./ghc subdirectory? (Not the top directory -- it's probably ...../ghc/ghc on your machine.)

If you get that error on a clean checkout, you could perhaps post a bug report.


On Jul 14, 2014, at 10:50 PM, Andrew Gibiansky <andrew.gibiansky at> wrote:

> Any suggestions? I'm still stuck on this, and don't really know what to try next.
>  Andrew
> On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Andrew Gibiansky <andrew.gibiansky at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to create my first patch, for #9294, where I want to export some extra things from Parser along with a bit of documentation. However, I cannot figure out how to regenerate the documentation for the GHC API (not for the libraries).
> I tried running `make html stage=0 FAST=YES` in `./compiler`, and got the following helpful message:
> make[2]: *** No rule to make target `html_compiler'.  Stop.
> make[1]: *** [html_compiler] Error 2
> make: *** [html] Error 2
> So I'm a bit stumped. How do I regenerate Haddock documentation for the GHC API?
> Thanks!
> Andrew
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