[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell Platform on Ubuntu

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+hs at mega-nerd.com
Tue Jul 7 18:57:26 EDT 2009

Simon Marlow wrote:

> Karmic (9.10) will have GHC 6.10.3, possibly 6.10.4.
> http://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ghc6/+bug/302149

Unfortunately thats only half the story. The GHC 6.10.3 that is going
into Kamic is the one from Debian Unstable.

It is important to note here that beyond doing a rebuild of the Debian
source package against Ubuntu's binary versions of all the libraries,
Ubuntu/Cannonical does no extra work to make Haskell (or anything else
outside the Ubuntu core packages) work on Ubuntu.

It should also be noted that although ghc-6.10.3 works, a huge bunch
of Haskell libraries still need to be build with the new compiler for
them to be useful. Since Debian is still working on getting this
process sorted out, there is little reason to believe that Ubuntu is
going to be any better at getting this fixed.

If anyone is interested in seeing improved Haskell support in Ubuntu,
they should be looking towards the Debian Haskell maintainers, not
Ubuntu :-).

Erik de Castro Lopo

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