[Haskell-cafe] Re: How much of Haskell was possible 20 years ago?

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Mon Oct 22 19:16:12 EDT 2007

On Mon, 2007-10-22 at 10:05 -0700, Jeremy Shaw wrote:

> > >> I like Haskell, and use it as my main
> > >> language. However, compiling a Haskell program
> > >> usually takes a lot of memory and CPU. 
> Last night I was running top, and noticed cc1 consuming 101MB of RAM
> :) I have also seen ar (the thing that makes .a files) consume > 512MB
> of RAM.

You need to upgrade your binutils! I sent in a patch to binutils to fix
exactly this problem that ar/ranlib takes so much memory when building
large ghc "split-objs" libraries. The fix got included in binutils 2.17.
I do hope Linspire is using a version with the fix ;-).


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