Building GHC on Mac OS 10.2.1

Judah Jacobson judah.jacobson at
Fri Dec 29 07:59:18 EST 2006

Hi Kirsten,

You may have better luck downloading gcc-3.3 from
(You need to log in, but you can create an ADC account for free.)
Look through the "Developer Tools" downloads for the gcc update from
August 2003.  (Depending on the state of your system, you may need the
December 2002 dev tools update as well.)  Since those updates are
packaged as standard OS X installers, they should be a lot easier to
get working.

Hope that helps,

On 12/29/06, Kirsten Chevalier <catamorphism at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to build the HEAD on a somewhat old PowerBook G4 running
> Mac OS 10.2.1. It would seem that I don't have a new enough version of
> gcc:
> % gcc --version
> gcc (GCC) 3.1 20020420 (prerelease)
> and I can't seem to build a newer version of gcc (3.3) due to missing
> system include files which I assume (though that assumption may be
> wrong) are due to running 10.2 instead of 10.4. (For the full tale of
> woe, see Am
> I right in thinking that building GHC on Mac OS 10.2.1 is more or less
> impossible, or has anyone managed to do it? I'm pretty close to just
> giving up and buying a PC (various things make it difficult for me to
> upgrade to Tiger).
> Thanks,
> Kirsten
> --
> Kirsten Chevalier* chevalier at *Often in error, never in doubt
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