Making GHCi awesomer?

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at
Wed Oct 22 01:20:57 UTC 2014

i'm pretty sure they're usable in ghci... i think theres just certain flags
that need to be invoked for one reason or another, but I could be wrong
(and i've not tried in a while)

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM, George Colpitts <george.colpitts at>

> Along the lines of making GHCi better it would be very nice if we could
> use SDL, OpenGL etc in GHCi.
> Is there a characterization of the libraries that we can't use in ghci?
> As you know this has been a problem for years. Is there an open bug about
> it?
> I know there was some hope that dynamic linking in 7.8.3 would fix this.
> What has been your experience?
> For some reason I get mail to ghc-devs but can't send mail to the mailing
> list.
> Thanks
> George
> On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM, Christopher Done <chrisdone at>
> wrote:
>> Good evening,
>> ​...
>> For years I’ve been using GHCi as a base and it’s been very reliable
>> for almost every project I’ve done (the only exceptions are things
>> like SDL and OpenGL, which are well known to be difficult to load in
>> GHCi, at least on Linux). I think we’ve built up
>> a good set of functionality
>> <>
>> purely based on asking GHCi things and getting it to do things.
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