how is Linux GHC formed?

Simon Marlow marlowsd at
Wed Nov 12 07:08:24 EST 2008

Jason Dusek wrote:
>   How was the Linux binary for GHC created? I am looking at ways
>   to compile Haskell binaries for Linux that work across
>   distros. So far, I have been using `-static -optl-static` but
>   today there was a weird hiccup with IO -- the Gentoo built
>   binary worked fine on Gentoo but caught SIGPIPE intermittently
>   on Ubuntu -- and so it's back to the drawing board.
>   The GHC linux binary seems to work on all the Linii without
>   discrimination, so I'd like to know what the procedure is for
>   producing it, and what I can take away from that to put in my
>   Cabal file.

We just do a normal build, on Fedora 9 boxen.  If it works across other 
distros, it's probably just good luck!


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