[Haskell-cafe] How to install GhC on a Mac without registering?

Lyndon Maydwell maydwell at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 14:49:14 CEST 2011

I would be fantastic if XCode wasn't a dependency. As well as the
inconvenience it also weighs in at around 5G (IIRC) of space which is
still somewhat significant.

Not to detract at all from the work of the wonderful GHC and Haskell
Platform contributors in any way. For me it would just make it that
much easier to convince mac-using friends to give Haskell a try.

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 4:49 PM, Richard O'Keefe <ok at cs.otago.ac.nz> wrote:
> On 6/06/2011, at 8:11 AM, Chris Smith wrote:
>> That's interesting... whatever the reason, though, I concur that using
>> Haskell seems much easier on Linux and Windows.  I had to abandon a plan
>> to introduce Haskell in a class I taught this past semester because of
>> issues with getting it installed on the Macintosh laptops that some of
>> the students had.
> You can always
> (1) Install VirtualBox -- it's free.
> (2) Set up an Ubuntu VM inside VirtualBox -- Ubuntu is also free.
> (3) Install Haskell in Ubuntu.
> I've done exactly that on the Mac laptop I use.
> I also have Haskell running under Mac OS with no special problems.
>>  It's very unfortunate that Haskell on Mac requires
>> software which can neither be bundled in the install kit nor downloaded
>> freely from elsewhere.
> Note that the price for XCode applies to *XCode*.
> It's not a price for *GCC*.
> Having XCode, I was about to download GCC 4.5, build it,
> and install it in my own ~/local directory.
> Presumably, having built it, I could have copied it somewhere else.
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