Bootstrapping with HC files

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Tue Dec 13 04:05:46 EST 2005

On 12 December 2005 22:47, Donald Bruce Stewart wrote:

> andrew:
>> I run a source based linux distro called Heretix, and I want to make
>> a ghc package which will install with or without an existing ghc. At
>> the moment, we supply a binary-ghc package, whch is a prerequisite
>> of the from-source ghc package. 
>> It seems to me that I can prepare HC tarballs for my target
>> platforms (x86, x86_64) which will remove the need for the
>> ghc-binary package. My questions: 
>> 1) Can I produce 'registered' hc files? The build manual bangs on
>> about cross compiling unregistered hc files, which isn't really what
>> I need. 
>> 2) Would a ghc built from registered hgc files every bit as good and
>> complete as a normally bootstrapped ghc?
> Yes, the OpenBSD versions of GHC build from registerised .hc tar
> balls. It's fast.
> If you're interested in this path, check out:

That port is for 6.2.2 - do you have a 6.4.1 port too?

Many thanks for keeping the .hc bootstrapping route working, BTW.  It's
a great help.


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