New InstallShield: Free At Last

Reuben Thomas
Mon, 23 Apr 2001 11:41:12 +0100 (BST)

I've uploaded a new InstallShield for GHC 4.08.2 for Windows which includes
*all* the programs required to use and even rebuild GHC from source [GHC
developers should note that it doesn't include everything needed to build
from CVS; see the most recent 5.00 docs in CVS for details]. This means that
there's no longer any need to install Cygwin.

Since GHC needs bash to work, and building it requires mv, rm and cp, plus
many other basic utilities, you get a reasonably nice minimal command-line
environment anyway; I've added ls to the mix for extra comfort.

Although the InstallShield is now 20M, overall there's far less to download,
and now GHC should break far less often. Another implication of this
development is that the Windows version of 5.00 should now happen sooner
rather than later.

One caveat: the installation instructions on are now somewhat
out of date. I'll try to correct that soonish.

-- | Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.