ANNOUNCE: GHC 6.8.3 Release Candidate - MacOS X (Intel/Leopard)
Manuel M T Chakravarty
chak at cse.unsw.edu.au
Wed Jun 4 00:52:41 EDT 2008
Here is an updated release candidate for the MacOS X installer for
It includes readline support statically linked. Unless we receive any
bug reports, these are basically the bits you'll get for the 6.8.3
release. So, please test it thoroughly.
PS: I am not very hopeful about having a 10.4 (Tiger) version of the
installer for 6.8.3. I am currently missing a method to identify the
symbols in an executable that lead to the "bus error" (invariably at
_calloc_initialize) that signals an attempt to execute a Leopard
binary on Tiger. If any Mac guru here knows how to identify these
symbols, let me know. (I know about DYLD_PRINT_BINDINGS and friends,
but that didn't help me so far.) Alternatively, grab <http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~chak/haskell/GHC-6.9.20080526-i386.dmg
> -my currently best effort at cross-compiling for 10.4- and tell me
why it won't run on Tiger.
Manuel M T Chakravarty:
> A Mac installer version of the release candidate for Intel/Leopard
> Macs is at
> This version of GHC includes neither editline nor readline at the
> moment (this will be fixed for the final release). It also only
> works for Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) as I haven't managed to get cross
> compiling for older OS versions fully functional yet.
> In any case, please test this if you have an Intel/Leopard Mac and
> are interested in a one-click installer with no dependencies other
> than a recent version of Xcode.
> The packages comes with an uninstall script located at
> It will overwrite other 6.8.x versions of GHC installed from an
> installer package, but peacefully coexist with other distributions
> of 6.8 and with GHC versions other than 6.8 independent of how they
> were installed.
>> We are pleased to announce the Release Candidate phase for GHC 6.8.3.
>> Snapshots beginning with 188.8.131.5280527 are release candidates
>> for 6.8.3
>> You can download snapshots from here:
>> Right now we have the source bundles:
>> Only the first of these is necessary. The "extralibs" package
>> various extra packages that are often supplied with GHC - unpack the
>> extralibs tarball on top of the source tree to add them, and they
>> be included in the build automatically.
>> There is also currently an installer for i386/Windows and binary
>> distributions for x86_64/Linux and i386/Linux. More may appear later.
>> Please test as much as possible; bugs are much cheaper if we find
>> before the release!
>> We expect to release in a few days, assuming no major issues are
>> Ian, on behalf of the GHC team
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