Error building ghc on raspberry pi.

roconnor at roconnor at
Sun Jan 20 19:50:32 CET 2013

On Sun, 20 Jan 2013, Karel Gardas wrote:

> On 01/20/13 07:17 PM, roconnor at wrote:
>> On Wed, 16 Jan 2013, Karel Gardas wrote:
>>> You should not IMHO. My patch should solve all your issues. :-) The
>>> only issue you may get is that your distro ghc will compile for
>>> soft-float ABI and your compiled GHC will compile to hard-float and
>>> object files will get mixed somewhere. But I trust your distro ghc
>>> builders that this is not the case so both GHCs should compile using
>>> hard-float. So issue solved, at least should be. Now I'm just waiting
>>> if you verify this or not so I'm either able to submit the patch for
>>> inclusion or hack it more...
>> I switched to using llvm-3.0 from rasbian, and made a lot of progress.
>> (In retrospect I built llvm-3.1 using nix, and it was in a completely
>> different toolchain than the rest of the build. I should have known that
>> it wouldn't work).
> Ehm, building LLVM on your own is always a risky business. See my blog[1] for 
> more details especially find the post where I compare quality of various LLVM 
> builds using various optimization options...
>> I was able to complete the build of ghc-7.6.1 using Karel's patch and
>> ./configure --with-llc=/usr/bin/llc-3.0 --with-opt=/usr/bin/opt-3.0
>> I was able to make binary-dist after doing
>> mkdir compiler/stage2/doc
>> However after unpacking the binary distribution and doing a make install
>> I get:
>> Installing library in /tmp/bindist/lib/ghc-7.6.1/ghc-prim-
>> ghc-cabal: Failed to read "target arch" value "ArchARM {armISA = ARMv6,
>> armISAExt = [VFPv2], armABI = }"
>> make[1]: *** [install_packages] Error 1
>> make: *** [install] Error 2
>> And in particular the installed ghc gives the error:
>> $ bin/ghc
>> Failed to read "target arch" value "ArchARM {armISA = ARMv6, armISAExt =
>> [VFPv2], armABI = }"
>> Sounds to me like Karel's patch is almost, but not quite there.
> Looks like you do have corrupted settings file. Recover it by adding "HARD" 
> following "armABI = ", so result should be:
> ArchARM {armISA = ARMv6, armISAExt = [VFPv2], armABI = HARD}"
> That's all what's needed, honestly speaking I don't know why it's screwed on 
> your board.
>> Karel, maybe you should try deploying a binary-dist on your panda board?
> Sorry? What's "binary-dist"? And why I should do that? And what exactly do 
> you mean by "deploying"? And on what OS? Ubuntu or Raspbian run in Ubuntu 
> chroot?

What I'm suggesting is that if you want to try to reproduce my corrupt 
setting file error and ammend your patch for including in GHC, you should 
after making ghc-7.6.1 (or whatever version you are building) do a

make binary-dist  # this will product a ghc-7.6.1-arm-unknown-linux.tar.bz2 file

extract ghc-7.6.1-arm-unknown-linux.tar.bz2 in some temporary directory.

in that extracted directory run

./configue --prefix=<some temporary directory>
make install

> Karel
> [1]:

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