[Haskell-cafe] GHC 6.8.3 binary for older linux

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Sun Aug 17 10:50:17 EDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-08-14 at 16:31 +0800, Agent Zhang wrote:
> Halo~
> I ran into the following error while trying to run a binary generated
> by GHC 6.8.x on our production machines with a not-so-recent linux
> installed (kernel 2.6.9).
>     $ ./restyscript
>     restyscript: timer_create: Invalid argument

You know we ran into this recently while trying to set up the new hoogle
beta on haskell.org itself. (You may be surprised to know that
haskell.org does not have ghc installed on it.)

> So I decided to build a GHC 6.8.3 from source on that old system using
> GHC 6.4.2. Fortunately, the binary GHC 6.4.2 from haskell.org does
> work there. The newly-built GHC solves all the problem. No
> floating-point exception nor invalid argument for timer_create. I've
> put my binary distribution on my site here:
>     http://agentzh.org/misc/ghc-6.8.3-i386-old-linux.tar.bz2

That may well be useful to people. Thanks for doing the work.


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