Compiling base with custom compilation script

Victor Nazarov asviraspossible at
Wed Sep 1 07:08:27 EDT 2010

I have some custom compilation script that uses GHC API
The aim is to extract some info from every module in dependency graph
and to write this information to the file lying near module-file.
Script goes like this:

main :: IO ()
main =
  do args <- getArgs
     defaultErrorHandler defaultDynFlags $ runGhc (Just libdir) $
       do sdflags <- getSessionDynFlags
          (dflags, fileargs', _) <- parseDynamicFlags sdflags (map noLoc args)
          when (null fileargs') $ ghcError (UsageError "No input files.")
          _ <- setSessionDynFlags dflags
          let fileargs = map unLoc fileargs'
          targets <- mapM (\x -> guessTarget x Nothing) fileargs
          setTargets targets
          mgraph <- depanal [] False
          let files = filter (not . isSuffixOf "boot")
                      . map (extractPath . ms_location) $ mgraph
              extractPath l = fromMaybe (ml_hi_file l) (ml_hs_file l)
          setTargets []
          flip mapM_ files $ \file ->
            do core <- compileToCoreSimplified file
               HscTypes.liftIO $
                    let info = show (generateInfo core)
                        fp = replaceExtension file ".info"
                    putStrLn $ "Writing " ++ fp
                    writeFile fp program

The problem is processing base-4 package. I'd like to run something like:

$ cd base-
$ compiler -fglasgow-exts -cpp -package-name base -I./include Prelude.hs

and to receive and .info files for every other modules
that prelude depends on.

At first I've got errors like missing .h file. I've downloaded GHC
source distribution and get
missing headers from GHC.

But now I get errors like "trying to load Prelude module which is not
loadable". I don't remember the exact text
and I have no access to my developing-machine. I think it's caused by
circular dependencies between modules.
And I think my compilation script is not quite correct for this case.
What do you think?

Victor Nazarov

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