Release plans

Bernie Pope bjpop at
Tue Jul 20 05:29:09 EDT 2004

On Tue, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:29:38AM +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
> On 20 July 2004 01:43, Bernie Pope wrote:
> > Since you are working on the backend is there any chance that GHC
> > could support symbol names in the heap?
> > 
> > I tried to add this previously and failed miserably.
> > 
> > I would be happy with a flag, such as '-debug-symbols' or somesuch,
> > that keeps source symbol names, at least for data constructors, and
> > possibly functions.
> > 
> > This would be a BIG win for buddha and possibly other debugging tools.
> > 
> > Currently I have to turn on -prof which is a bad hack.
> This is a good suggestion, but it's unlikely that we'll have time to add
> it before the release.  I'd like to see us support more debugging
> information, preferably in a way that can be stripped from a binary.

Good point.

> I'm not sure that we want to have yet another "way" to build libraries.

I'm with you on that one. 

> Debugging is something that should be easy, otherwise the effort is too
> much and we resort to using Debug.trace (I'm guilty of this - I confess
> to never having tried any of the available debuggers simply because
> they're not immediate enough).


In the back of my mind I had the notion that C-- would provide some
infrastructure for symbol tables and whatnot.  

Anyway I can see that this is not the kind of thing to jump into too hastily. 


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