How to install GhC on a Mac without registering?

Donn Cave donn at
Fri Jun 10 18:43:16 CEST 2011

Quoth Manuel M T Chakravarty <chak at>,
> Sean Leather:
>> To simplify the process of installing GHC and to support people
>> with versions of Mac OS X older than the most current. We want to
>> spread the Haskell love as far as possible.
> The only simplification is that people who haven't got Xcode yet
> need to install two packages instead of just one.
> However, for people who already have got Xcode installed, it means
> that they get two versions of all the dev tools, headers, etc.  Then,
> compiling a C file (eg, as part of a Haskell project) by directly
> invoking gcc or by compiling it via ghc will use different compilers,
> headers, etc.  That quickly leads to annoying and hard to debug problems.
> Given that almost every developer on a Mac will be in the second group,
> you are not simplifying matters, you are complicating them.

I would expect the reverse in many cases - initial install without
Xcode, followed by upgrade to Xcode.  Equally problematic, though.

As for numbers, it depends on how you define "developer" - installs
without Xcode might well be more numerous, and people with such
installs might be more numerous on the email lists etc., but in
terms of the platform per se, they're kind of dead weight.


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