Problem building GHC

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Wed Jul 13 05:41:13 EDT 2005

On 13 July 2005 08:18, Dinko Tenev wrote:

> On 7/13/05, John Skaller <skaller at> wrote:
>>> I guess I'll have to switch to version 2.95.2 as
>>> suggested by the guide (I am currently using 3.3.5,)
>> I think you need more RAM. I had to
>> buy a new computer to fix this problem.
> Oh my, that hurts...quite an expensive piece of software, GHC ;)  But
> this really explains a lot, because two identical builds of mine
> happened to die on different files - it never occurred to me GCC could
> run low on memory though...
> How about more swap, provided I would let it run overnight?

You should be able to use the native code generator to build GHC, which
will compile a lot faster and use less memory.  The GHC binary it
produces may be slightly slower, however (on x86).

To do this, create a file mk/ in your build tree, containing the

SRC_HC_OPTS = -H32m -O -fasm


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