ANNOUNCE: GHC 6.12.1 Release Candidate 2

Simon Marlow marlowsd at
Tue Nov 24 06:08:24 EST 2009

On 23/11/2009 16:53, Ian Lynagh wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 01:41:30PM +1000, Jens Petersen wrote:
>>> We are pleased to announce the second release candidate for GHC 6.12.1:
>> Thank you!
>>> For the Linux binary
>>> distributions, the "linux-n" tarballs are recommended over the "linux"
>>> tarballs.
>> Sorry if it is documented somewhere but what is the difference between them?
> The bindists without the -n are built by the nightly builders on
> something like a RedHat system. This has 2 libraries for ncurses:
> libncurses and libtinfo.
> Other systems, such as Debian, only have one library for ncurses:
> libncurses. If you try to use that bindist on such a system, then it
> will fail because it can't find libtinfo.
> The -n bindists are built manually on Debian, so only depend on
> libncurses. These binaries also work on systems with the split ncurses
> library.

If they work everywhere, then we should probably just supply the -n 
versions (and remove the -n suffix) to avoid confusion.

Next time I reinstall our nightly builder machine I'll put some Debian 
derivative on it.


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