Grand Plan for 8.0.2

Yitzchak Gale gale at
Sun Sep 18 13:16:38 UTC 2016

Ben, thanks much for the update.

It's not sad that you'll be at ICFP - I wish I could be there too! :)
Historically ICFP has provided much of the juice that GHC runs on.
Enjoy, and good luck with the release.


On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 4:07 PM, Ben Gamari <ben at> wrote:
> Yitzchak Gale <gale at> writes:
>> Are there any updates on 8.0.2? Thanks!
>> To put things in the perspective of yesod-based commercial GHC users:
>> Due to #12130, GHC 8 is useless to us until 8.0.2. So for us this is
>> the most important GHC release in years.
> At the moment I'm trying to work out some issues with merging #12466.
> This is the last issue on my queue other than doing basic build testing
> on the other architectures. Sadly next week I'll be at ICFP so it's
> unlikely that much progress will be made until the following week.
>> In our particular case, our products are now being held back in very
>> concrete ways, because there are some critical libraries we can no
>> longer update. The ecosystem has moved on to GHC 8, and we have been
>> left behind.
> Thanks for the data-point! It's very helpful for prioritization to know
> these sorts of things. Don't hesitate to bring this up this sort of
> thing early in the future.
>> In anticipation of the release, and after the delay in the RC builds,
>> we are now trying to compile GHC from source on multiple platforms
>> just so that we can already start on all the infrastructure work we
>> need to do for this major upgrade. That way we hopefully will be able
>> to sprint from the gate as soon as there is an actual release. But
>> obviously we would prefer to use RC builds for that.
>> Thanks to all on the GHC team for all your great work!
> Thanks Yitz!
> Cheers,
> - Ben

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