Building GHC on Mac OS 10.2.1

Thorkil Naur naur at
Fri Dec 29 08:22:04 EST 2006


Not much help, I'm afraid, but for what it's worth: I have built GHC-6.6 and 
some HEAD-ish version successfully on a PowerBook G4 with Mac OS X 10.3 
(Panther?) and also after upgrading to 10.4 Tiger. I have never tried with 
10.2. To assist in your difficult decisions, here are some details about the 

Hardware Overview:

  Machine Name: PowerBook G4
  Machine Model:        PowerBook3,2
  CPU Type:     PowerPC G4  (11.3)
  Number Of CPUs:       1
  CPU Speed:    400 MHz
  L2 Cache (per CPU):   1 MB
  Memory:       384 MB
  Bus Speed:    100 MHz
Macintosh HD:
  Capacity:     9.36 GB
  Available:    1.6 GB

As you can probably see, this is also quite an old machine, but 10.4 runs 
comfortably here. Not much disc space left, though: I had to be rather 
selective when installing.

And thanks for the priceless account of your arduous journey.

Best regards

On Friday 29 December 2006 09:37, Kirsten Chevalier 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 
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