Backspace in ghci-6.10.1-candidate

Judah Jacobson judah.jacobson at
Fri Oct 10 04:42:12 EDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 1:28 AM, Serge D. Mechveliani <mechvel at> wrote:
> This is about testing
> 1. DoCon works with it.
> 2. The question is how to `install' Backspace and UpArrow in ghci.
> I make it from source by 6.10-candidate and also by itself
> -- on Debian Linux.
> And  ghci  does not process  Backspace and UpArrow.
> ./configure  reported
>  configure:2303: checking whether ghc has editline package
>  configure:2314: result: no
> And the Debian system area shows the files
>  /usr/lib/
>  /usr/lib/iceape/components/
>  /usr/lib/

The editline package requires the header files, not just the .so
libraries.  You can get those by installing the editline-dev package.
(After which you'll need to rebuild ghc.)


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