[Haskell-cafe] MacOS testing?

Ian Ross ian at skybluetrades.net
Sat May 31 10:44:02 UTC 2014

Hi all,

Does anyone know of a good solution for MacOS testing that doesn't cost
much?  (Ideally, that costs nothing...)  I've been getting a lot of
MacOS-specific issues on the C2HS that I maintain and, since I don't have a
Mac myself, testing and fixing these things is a bit of a problem.  There
is no equivalent of Amazon's EC2 for MacOS.  There are some hosting
services out there, but they're not all that practical, since they cost,
they're set up for continuous hosting rather than intermittent use for
bug-fixing, and you can't save a machine image snapshot once you've
installed all the software you need (as you can on AWS) so you either need
to keep your instance running or reinstall everything every time you want
to test something.

Any ideas?  The only thought I've had so far was to try to do something
horrible using Travis (Kiwamu Okabe has some slides about building and
testing Haskell code on Travis:
http://www.slideshare.net/master_q/20131109-kof2013-travisciosx).  That's
not a good solution for debugging though.

Thanks for any thoughts you might have,


Ian Ross   Tel: +43(0)6804451378   ian at skybluetrades.net
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