gcc version for GHC 6.10.4 under Sparc/Solaris

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Mon Aug 10 07:13:56 EDT 2009

On Fri, 2009-08-07 at 10:55 +0200, Christian Maeder wrote:
> Duncan Coutts wrote:
> > I should also note that there is a GHC 6.10.4 binary for Sparc/Linux
> > that is now included with Gentoo. It's got all features turned on except
> > for split objects (which fails due to mixing ld -r and --relax flags).
> > In particular it's a registerised via-C build with ghci, TH and
> > profiling working.
> Does compiling using gcc-4.3.x work if -fvia-C is added?

There's no Sparc NCG in the 6.10 series so it's only -fvia-C. The new
Sparc NCG is in 6.12. This build used gcc-4.1.2 which is the latest
stable one on Gentoo for sparc.

> > It's a distro package not a generic relocatable GHC binary tarball so
> > there's no point putting it on the ghc download page, but it's there
> > nevertheless if people want it (look for the gentoo ghc ebuild).
> I've found
> http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-lang/ghc
> Where are ebuilds or downloadable binaries?

For non-gentoo users, the ebuilds are available from cvs:
eg 6.10.4:

The binaries are not set up for separate distribution but if you inspect
the ebuild you find:

which means ghc-bin-6.10.4-sparc.tbz2 in the distfiles of any gentoo
mirror, eg:

It expects to unpack to / and installs under /usr however it's quite
possible to unpack to a temp dir and relocate the scripts and
package.conf using a bit of sed. In fact this is what the ebuild does
for the bootstrapping binary.


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