GHC 8.6.5 now works on SmartOS - Was: GHC 8.8.2 + cabal-install 3.0.0 finally working on SmartOS x64 20200117 (yet GHC 8.6.5 left less usable)

Compl Yue compl.yue at
Thu Feb 13 07:58:37 UTC 2020

I verified that the problem in GHC 8.6.5 can be solved by backporting 
merge request 87, a patch as well as the build steps have been updated 
at, enjoy!

On 2020/2/10 下午4:25, Compl Yue via ghc-devs wrote:
> Folks,
> I'm glad to report that I finally get GHC 8.8.2 with cabal-install 
> working on SmartOS x64, you can checkout detailed steps and 
> all the patches applied at
> The only pity so far, is that the built GHC 8.6.5 has its `ghci` not 
> working with a strange iconv error, and failing building one of my 
> Haskell applications. I myself am going to use 8.8.2 where possible  
> from now on. But given not all great libs have been updated being 8.8 
> compatible, I feel it still worth some further effort to get 8.6.5 
> working.
> And regarding stack, as it's focused on managing binary distributions 
> of GHC (build-from-src not working very well per my experience), it'll 
> need a trusted binary repository for stack to work with on SmartOS. A 
> private http server hosting the bindists should be straight forward, 
> but I'm not interested to host a publicly available binary repository 
> with those bindist tarballs digitally signed (or there're security 
> concerns). If anyone is interested, I'd like to help as far as I can.
> I would particular like to see Nix be ported to 
> SmartOS/Illumos/Solaris, so I could contribute to nixpkgs instead, 
> which should save more asses in tool dependency resolution, but seems 
> that's not an option in near future.
> I'm thankful to folks at #ghc and #smartos who helped me so much in 
> this journey. Especially bgamari, without his hints and bleeding edge 
> patches this won't be possible at all. And thanks to geekosaur for his 
> professional insights into the linker situation on SmartOS, quick and 
> precise identification of the problem from the error messages so 
> confusing to me.
> provided the information to get me started at all, and thanks to 
> Jonathan Perkin for confirming the bootstrapping path being a viable 
> route in the first place.
> Cheers,
> Compl Yue
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