Building GHC API Documentation?

Andrew Gibiansky andrew.gibiansky at
Tue Jul 15 15:57:33 UTC 2014

I did try that. I've found that if I run `make` in the toplevel, I can just
look at the last command it executes (which is generating all the
documentation) and copy/paste all of the huge command to rerun it. It's a
terrible solution but works well for me...

If you run it from the `ghc` subdirectory, you just get the same error
message but with "No rule to make target `html_ghc'. Stop".

Anyway, I've temporarily solved this by copying the huge raw command that
toplevel `make` produces to build the docs, but I don't know what the right
way to do this is.

-- Andrew

On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:36 AM, Richard Eisenberg <eir at>

> 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.
> Richard
> 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
>> Thanks!
>>  Andrew
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