Dynamic libraries by default and GHC 7.8

Tyson Whitehead twhitehead at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 03:57:57 CET 2012

On Wed, 2012-11-28 at 00:28 +0100, Joachim Breitner wrote:
> Am Dienstag, den 27.11.2012, 14:52 +0000 schrieb Ian Lynagh:
> > The various issues are described in a wiki page here:
> >     http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/DynamicByDefault
> > 
> > If you have a few minutes to read it then we'd be glad to hear your
> > feedback, to help us in making our decisions
> here comes the obligatory butting in by the Debian Haskell Group:
> Given the current sensitivity of the ABI hashes we really do not want to
> have Programs written in Haskell have a runtime dependency on all the
> included Haskell libraries. So I believe we should still link Haskell
> programs statically in Debian.
> Hence, Debian will continue to provide its libraries built the static
> way.

I was so excited for a bit thinking that this would finally mean that
Debian would move to a dynamic system.  Every haskell binary being 10s
of MBs (e.g., pandoc = 25MB executable) makes it look kind of bad.

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