[Haskell-cafe] starting GHC development -- two questions

Richard Eisenberg eir at cis.upenn.edu
Fri Aug 9 11:56:14 CEST 2013

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On 2013-08-09 00:25, Ömer Sinan Ağacan wrote:
> Hello Edward,
>> First off, welcome to the wonderful world of GHC development!  I
>> recommend that you subscribe to the ghc-devs mailing list and
>> direct GHC specific questions there:
>>     http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/ghc-devs
> Thanks, I didn't know that. I subscribed and I will ask further
> questions to that list.
>> GHC has a 'make tags' command but I've never gotten it to work.  I 
>> have
>> always just run 'hasktags .' in the compiler/ directory, which works
>> pretty well for me.  (If you're in the RTS, run ctags, etc instead)
> Great! It worked at the first try and I already started using it.
>> We've been discussing putting together an easy bugs list.  As a proxy,
>> you can search on the 'Difficulty' keyword:
>> http://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/query?status=infoneeded&status=merge&status=new&status=patch&difficulty=Easy+(less+than+1+hour)&col=id&col=summary&col=status&col=type&col=priority&col=milestone&col=component&order=priority
>> For example, this bug seems like a good beginner bug to get your feet
>> wet with the RTS: http://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/750
>> This one will give you some experience wrangling the test suite:
>> http://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/8079
>> Moving up to the moderate category, here is a nontrivial bug involving
>> profiling and the optimizer: 
>> http://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/609
>> As with all open source projects, there is always lots of
>> infrastructural work to be done, so if that's your sort of thing, 
>> there
>> are plenty of bugs in that category.
> Thanks, I'll start looking for issues with easy difficulty for now and
> ask further questions to ghc-devs mailing list.
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