ANNOUNCE: GHC version 6.8.1

Philip K.F. Hölzenspies p.k.f.holzenspies at
Wed Nov 14 07:17:14 EST 2007

On Tuesday 13 November 2007 12:27:02 Simon Marlow wrote:
> maybe add a test right after the creation of DerivedConstants.h in
> includes/Makefile:
> DerivedConstants.h : mkDerivedConstantsHdr
> 	./mkDerivedConstantsHdr >$@
> 	test -f $@ || exit 1
> at least that will tell us whether it was never there to start with, or it
> got removed later on.
> If it weren't for the fact that this seems repeatable, I'd say you have
> need to run fsck on that filesystem.  There's definitely something strange
> going on...

Dear Simon, All,

This looks like a sensible thing to do, a makefile check. I don't expect this 
to be a fsck-solvable problem though, since I've tried at different times 
with rather different states of my filesystem (rather full, nearly empty, 
again rather full).

Good news for me, bad news for this bug-report. My office system crashed, so I 
was updated from SuSE 10.0 to SuSE 10.3. GHC 6.8.1 now compiles out of the 
proverbial box. Although, ...

I had initially forgotten to install the readline-dev package (for 
libreadline.a). The configure script doesn't test for linkage against 
readline, so make terminates because ghc-pkg-inplace doesn't have readline 
and libraries/readline contains a file called unbuildable. I would call this 
a small buildbug with a very easy fix: add readline linkage test to 


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