How to start with GHC development?

Simon Peyton-Jones simonpj at
Tue Dec 18 16:51:45 CET 2012

| > It seems that many informations in the wiki are duplicated. There are
| > two pages about
| > repositories:
| >
| >
| > es (after reading the first one source tree started to make much more
| > sense - this is one of the informations *I* would like to get first).
| The first page lists the repositories and where the upstreams and
| mirrors are.  The second page contains the conventions for working on
| other repositories (which is why it's under WorkingConventions).

Simon, I don't find that a clear distinction. Looking at the two, I'm a bit confused too!

* The lists on WorkingConventions/Repositories duplicates the table in Repositories.
* I believe that perhaps WorkingConventions/Repositories is solely concerned with how to *modify* a library; it opening para says as much.  Fine; but it shouldn't duplicate the info.

Maybe the table could do with a column saying "GHC" or "Upstream" to specify the "how to modify" convention?  (I wish the table could somehow be narrower.  And that the library name was the first column.)  Perhaps the master table can look like this:

What           GHC repo location                Upstream repo exists?

GHC            ghc.git
ghc-tarballs   ghc-tarballs.git
binary         binary.git                       YES

Then we can deal with the complexities of upstream repos in another page.  I think that might put the info in a way that's easier to grok.  I can do it if Simon and Ian agree; or Ian could.


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