GHC 6.4 release candidates available

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Thu Feb 10 10:28:20 EST 2005

On 10 February 2005 15:13, Malcolm Wallace wrote:

> "Simon Marlow" <simonmar at> writes:
>> We are finally at the release candidate stage for GHC 6.4.
>> Please test if you're able to, and give us feedback.
> In versions 5.00 <= ghc <= 6.2.2, the result of
>     ghc -v 2>&1 | head -2
> was something like
>     Glasgow Haskell Compiler, Version 6.2.2, ....
>     Using package config file: /grp/haskell/lib/ghc-6.2.2/package.conf
> whereas with 6.4, these two lines have been swapped:
>     Reading package config file:
>     /usr/malcolm/local/lib/ghc-6.4.20050209/package.conf Glasgow
> Haskell Compiler, Version 6.4.20050209, .... 
> and the "Using package config" message has become "Reading package
> config".  These changes are minor and unnecessary: in particular they
> make the detection of configuration information (by hmake) rather
> more complicated than it ought to be.  I know this is a pretty trivial
> complaint, but the -v behaviour has been stable for a few years now,
> so why change it arbitrarily?

Ok, fixed.  The right way to get the location of the package.conf file
is to ask ghc-pkg, BTW.  In fact, the right way is not to know the
location of package.conf at all, but to use ghc-pkg to query its
contents.  The contents of package.conf is proprietary :-)


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