ghc-6.6 candidate Win32 installer

shelarcy shelarcy at
Sat Oct 14 08:08:57 EDT 2006

Hi Sigbjorn,

On Sat, 14 Oct 2006 08:05:49 +0900, Sigbjorn Finne <sof at> wrote:
> thanks very much for catching the omission of these packages. The
> underlying libs aren't fully supported by current Mingw installs, but I
> rummaged around a bit... (i.e., what I hope is the final 6.6 release
> has now been uploaded and is now pointed to by the downloads
> page.)

Thanks for hearing that and releasing new installer again.

> Afraid I have to disappoint you (again :-( ) wrt OpenAL/ALUT. A bit
> too late, but _if_ there's a wider agreement that including a
> package such as this would be generally useful, I'd be happy to
> do something about it the next time around.

I see.

I hope more people discusses about OpenAL/ALUT. My argument
is just my opinion now. So I can't apply my patch without
permission. I don't know what is bad, and what is better.

If many people discuss more actively, we can get much better

Best Regards,

> cabal-get + really ought to be the distribution
> channel for not-quite(-yet?)-mainstream packages though.
> Thanks again,
> --sigbjorn
> shelarcy wrote:
>> Hi Sigjorn,
>> On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 08:37:11 +0900, Sigbjorn Finne <sof at> wrote:
>>> for Win32 users wanting the latest GHC goodness, a candidate
>>> 6.6 installer is now available,
>>> If anyone's willing to download it and kick the tires a bit,
>>> that'd be great. If nothing too egregious shows up, I'm
>>> planning to publish sometime tomorrow.
>> Why this build doen't include some packages?
>> It lacks some packages that were included 6.4.2.
>> It doen't include GLUT and readline.
>> I think you forgot copying header and library files
>> to mingw directory.
>> These filed are included in GHC 6.4.2's directory.
>> And you can include OpenAL and ALUT package by these steps.
>> 1. Download reealut Source ZIP, unpack it.
>> 2. Copy AL header file directory that is
>>     under include direcoty.
>>    (Copy AL direcoty to mingw's include direcoty,
>>     doen't copy AL direcoty header file. Because
>>     packages' search header files in
>>     AL/* or OpenAL/*.)
>> 3. Generate libalut.a from alut.dll in lib direcoty,
>>     and copy libalut.a to mingw's lib directory.
>> 4. Download OpenAL 1.1 SDK and install it.
>>     (OpenAL SDK installer says that you want to install
>>      runtime? You must click to answer "Yes".)
>> 5. Copy header files directory to mingw's AL direcotry.
>>     It is made by 1.. Header files is in OpenAL SDK's directory.
>>     (Default is C:\\Program Files\\OpenAL 1.1 SDK\\include .)
>> 6. Generate lib*.a files from OpenAL32.dll and
>>     wrap_oal.dll. Then copy mingw's lib direcoty. DLL
>>     files are in WINNT\\system files directory.
>> 4-6' Altanative option to use OpenAL library is
>>       building OpenAL library by source. And then
>>       copy your lib*.a and header files.
>> I usually generate lib*.a from a.dll by pexport and
>> dlltool following this document way.
>> Now GHC 6.6 is released. So this is the good time
>> to include OpenAL and ALUT packages in complete
>> installer packages.
>> (Other name is "sumo"/"omnibus"/ ... and so on.)
>> If there is no option to use minimal and complete
>> installer, people expect that package is complete
>> one. And some people want to use complete package
>> exactly.
>> (And caball-install doesn't available now, too.)
>> So I think these tack are very recommended.

shelarcy <shelarcy>

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