[ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.4.1 released
ben at well-typed.com
Thu Mar 8 16:57:45 UTC 2018
The GHC developers are very happy to announce the 8.4.1 release of
Glasgow Haskell Compiler. Binary and source distributions can be found
This is the third major release in the GHC 8 series. As such, the focus
of this release is performance, stability, and consolidation.
Consequently numerous cleanups can be seen throughout the compiler
* Further refinement of TypeInType, including significant improvements
in error messages.
* Improvements in code generation resulting in noticable performance
improvements in some types of programs.
* Core library improvements, including phase 2 of the Semigroup/Monoid
* Many improvements to instance deriving
* The resolution of nearly 300 other tickets
A more thorough list of the changes in this release can be found in the
There are a few changes in release-engineering matters that should be
* This is GHC's first release on it's new, accelerated release
schedule. From now on GHC will produce one release every six months.
* While we typically strive to produce OpenBSD builds, the gcc shipped
with OpenBSD 6.1 is unfortunately too old to compile this release.
* FreeBSD builds are still in progress
This release has been the result of approximately six months of work by
over one hundred code contributors. Thanks to everyone who has helped in
writing patches, testing, reporting bugs, and offering feedback over the
As always, let us know if you encounter trouble.
How to get it
The easy way is to go to the web page, which should be self-explanatory:
We supply binary builds in the native package format for many
platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.
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