state of ghc6 on sparc

Simon Marlow
Wed, 18 Jun 2003 17:22:55 +0100

> On Wed, 18 Jun 2003, Isaac Jones wrote:
> > Can anyone enlighten me as to the state of the ghc6 sparc
> > distribution?  The file on Hal's web page mentioned some=20
> time back is
> > not the same file as on the GHC web page (I note that the filenames
> > are different also).
> >
> > Are any of them known to work if installed in a non-standard place?
> >
> Here at Chalmers we use the first shipped version (I believe=20
> this is the
> one on the GHC web page or an even earlier one...). I patched=20
> it myself,
> it was very easy. I expect that the version on Hal's web page=20
> should work since he said he fixed the bug.

Hal's version still has problems, I believe.  He said that he will try
to fix the problems soon.

> The only thing that I don't like is that the dist isn't compiled with
> readline. It makes working in ghci a nightmare (I need to use=20
> backspace
> often...). The problem around this is in my opinion to make a=20
> Haskell98
> compliant trimmed down readline library which doesn't depend on the c
> library. It shouldn't be too difficult. I don't expect that people are
> using the full power of readline anyway.

Making a working readline isn't that simple - you need to know something
about the terminal properties for one, which means being able to use
termcap or terminfo.