wither the Platform

Anthony Cowley acowley at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 03:42:27 UTC 2015

I'm sure we could do better at publicity, but your email made me wonder, so
the first thing I tried was a search on haskell-café that brings up several
threads with relevant subjects that mention ghcformacosx, including an HWN.

I believe that you haven't heard of it, but, if somebody asks about GHC on
OS X, the advice is pretty consistent.

It is pretty well the single-step, OS X-focused installer people ask for.
All that's missing is more unified branding across different operating


On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Richard Eisenberg <eir at cis.upenn.edu> wrote:

> On Mar 22, 2015, at 9:40 PM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','allbery.b at gmail.com');>> wrote:
> That's interesting, because http://ghcformacosx.github.io is pretty much
> the only thing anyone recommends to Mac users any more, and in #haskell
> people seem to actively steer everyone away from the Platform in all its
> incarnations.
> I do indeed think that this is interesting, because this thread is the
> first time I had ever heard of ghcformacosx. I've used Haskell on a Mac
> daily for several years now. I subscribe to (and read at least subject
> lines from) Haskell-cafe and Haskell mailing lists -- including Haskell
> Weekly News and HCAR -- though I'm only occasionally on reddit and very
> rarely look at #haskell. Besides, I run MacOS 10.8, and so ghcformacosx
> doesn't help me, anyway. (I installed 10.9 once upon a time. It slowed down
> my machine so much I preferred to reformat and roll back to 10.8, even
> though I was facing down a nasty deadline.)
> At the least, this end of the debate shows me that the community has some
> disagreement about what today's status quo is, an important fact to settle
> on before charting a course for the future.
> Richard
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