[Haskell-cafe] Looking for portable Haskell or Haskell like language

Joe Quinn headprogrammingczar at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 14:23:31 CEST 2013

If you are feeling brave, you can also bootstrap GHC. For operating 
systems that are already supported, it should not be too hard.
Last time I tried on a fresh install of Debian, the process was to 
install the dependencies, and then something like this:

sh configure
make install

Disclaimer: this was with 7.4.1, which was a while ago. I don't remember 
if that's all there was to it.

On 4/27/2013 7:12 AM, Daniel Fischer wrote:
> On Saturday 27 April 2013, 19:18:35, Andrew Cowie wrote:
>> On Fri, 2013-04-26 at 21:21 -0800, Christopher Howard wrote:
>>> Hi. I've got this work situation where I've got to do all my work on
>>> /ancient/ RHEL5 systems, with funky software configurations, and no root
>>> privileges. I wanted to install GHC in my local account, but the gnu
>>> libc version is so old (2.5!) that I can't even get the binary packages
>>> to install.
>> Silly question, but have you tried *building GHC from source*?
>> Building GHC is non-trivial, but basically boils down to having an
>> existing ghc that runs enough to bootstrap, right? So you can take a
>> (quite old, sure, no problem) ghc out of the RHEL 5 repositories and use
>> that to build a current GHC 7.6 say.
> It's not quite as convenient as that, since you need a new enough GHC to build
> 7.6 (not sure which version is required).
> So you'd probably need to build one or two intermediate GHCs from source,
> depending on what you can directly install.
> Building from source isn't so difficult, you need a gcc, you need to install
> happy and alex (sufficiently old versions for the start, install the newest
> versions before you build the final GHC), and of course a working GHC.
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME
> (or where you want to install GHC)
> make && make install
> You then have a lot of time to drink tea.
>> That _would_ be linked against whatever library stack you have present,
>> and you should be ok from there.
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