Can't get editline support to work in 6.10.1

Ian Lynagh igloo at
Thu Mar 26 08:32:23 EDT 2009

Hi Devon,

On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 08:14:40AM -0230, Devon Tucker wrote:
> I recently compiled and installed GHC 6.10.1 on Ubuntu 8.10 64-bit,
> after having installed 6.8 from the repositories. However when I
> launched ghci I discovered that the arrow keys and backspace did not
> work! After some quick googling I came to the conclusion that editline
> support was not enabled. I installed any package I could find named
> libedit*-dev and configured and compiled GHC again.

On Debian, libedit-dev is what you want, so I assume the same is true
for Ubuntu.

> Checking for ghc editline package... no.

That's not important; search for
    Configuring editline
in the build log and see what comes after that.


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