GHC 6.6.1 Windows installer, test version

shelarcy shelarcy at
Tue May 8 08:36:30 EDT 2007

On Tue, 08 May 2007 19:04:33 +0900, Neil Mitchell <ndmitchell at> wrote:
>> You forgot to include GLUT and readline packages.
>> I think you can't build these packages, so you don't include it.
> I have built an installer for the binary package produced by the GHC
> Team, including whatever they included, and excluding whatever they
> excluded. If the GHC Team change their build so these are built, I
> will happily include whatever they tell me.

It's wrong about buildable packages and C++ files.

First, "make binary-dist" includes these packages in binary distribution
if you can build theirs.
GHC 6.4 and GHC 6.6.1 or above installers include theirs.
And if you can build OpenAL and ALUT, you can include these packages
to your installer.

Second, I can include C++ files (except header files) in binary by
"make binary-dist" command with MinGW-4.1.1.

So I want to know "What version of MinGW do you use?" and "Is your
MinGW has C++ files?"

If you don't find C++ files in your MinGW directory, I think you
probably choice not to install C++/g++ things. So if you find
your MinGW doesn't include C++ files, you must install these files
first. And then you try to use "make binary-dist" command and make
installer again.

>> There is no C++ files in your installer.
>> But if anyone want to build C++ source code by GHC, he disappoint
>> about that.
> As before, what goes in the package is someone elses choice. This
> installer is intended as something quick to get a working installer
> out the door. I'd like to think about beefing it up, offering extra
> options (possibly C++ support) in the next version (i.e. 6.8, 6.6.2)

So above tasks will be complete just checking and correcting your build

An lack is C++ header files, but you can fix this problem by changing
to comment out or remove dist/prep-bin-dist-mingw's below line.

rm -rf include/mingw/c++/ || echo "c++/ not there"

I think these tasks are easy, and they don't become bottleneck to
release installer.

>> And can you add Installation Mode to your installer?
> There is already a silent install mode, /SILENT or /VERYSILENT do
> something - but I have no idea what. Is that what you meant by
> Installation Mode?

GHC 6.6's installer (MSI) has three Installation Mode, Typical,
Custom, Complete. These mode doesn't work GHC 6.6's one, but some
other installer uses these Installation Mode, to suport install

I want to say that.

But that is difficult task, so I wait that for the next version.

Best Regards,

shelarcy <shelarcy>

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