ANNOUNCE: GHC version 6.8.2

Christian Maeder Christian.Maeder at
Mon Dec 17 05:04:49 EST 2007

Manuel M T Chakravarty wrote:
> Actually, I think, we should use the gmp/ in the ghc repo by default (at
> least on non-Linux).  Why?  I don't think it is nice to build binaries
> by default that I can't copy to and run on another computer running the
> same OS without having to install extra fancy stuff like gmp.  In other
> words, your average Mac doesn't have gmp installed.  Just because I
> happen to have gmp on my Mac, I don't want to build a dependency into
> all binaries generated by ghc that prevent me from using these binaries
> on other Macs.

Right, the (hets) binaries that we create also depend on readline-5 that
is not installed on average Macs. Therefore we've invented this
GNUreadline framework, which can be at least copied into one's home
directory (without too much effort).

Do you think ghc should provide readline-5 as internal library, too? I
wouldn't mind giving up this dylib and framework confusion, but wasn't
there a license problem (maybe for our GNUreadline framework, too)?


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