Status of GHC runtime dependency on GNU multi precision
stefanor at cox.net
Wed Aug 22 11:24:56 EDT 2007
On Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 10:32:36AM +0100, Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:
> | There is an interest in removing GMP, motivated partly by licensing but
> | also due to portabiltity concerns and the fact that the use of GHC's
> | memory manager in GMP prevents FFI code from using GMP safely.
> | http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/ReplacingGMPNotes
> Just to summarise our position at GHC HQ on this question:
> * We don't much like bundling GMP either. But it works and it's fast.
> * We'd be very happy to have others work on a replacement
> (a) using a another C library
> (b) using a Haskell library
> * To replace GMP altogether we'd need to be convinced that
> we would not lose much performance.
> * There are one or two arbitrary precision libraries in Haskell
> eg http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/libraries/2007-August/007909.html
Another possibility that occured to me recently, is to switch Integer
to a simpler (perhaps even pure-Haskell) representation, and provide
(core? extra? Hackage?) a hsgmp package. If you have big numbers,
switching is easy:
import Prelude hiding(Integer)
type Integer = MPZ
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