[Haskell-cafe] [ANNOUNCE] Glasgow Haskell Compiler version 7.10.3

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 20:16:04 UTC 2015

On 9 December 2015 at 23:17, Ben Gamari <ben at well-typed.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> We are pleased to announce the release of GHC 7.10.3:
>     https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/7.10.3/
> There can be found source tarballs and binary distributions for 64-bit and 32-bit
> modern Linux (GMP 5.0 or later), CentOS (GMP 4.0), Windows, and 64-bit
> Mac OS X platforms. These binaries and tarballs have an accompanying
> SHA256SUMS file signed by my GPG key id (0x97DB64AD). Significant
> fixes in release include changes to the simplifier's treatment of
> rules, the handling of Mac OS X frameworks, and support for response
> files to work around the restrictive command line length limit on
> Windows. As always, a full accounting of the changes present in this
> release can be found in the release notes [1].
> The previous release, 7.10.2, was well-behaved save a couple notable
> bugs; while we have merged a good number of bug fixes in 7.10.3 they
> were were largely low risk and so we expect that this release should be
> similiarly stable.
> A notable exception is the upgrade of the Windows compiler toolchain to
> GCC 5.2. Typically we would refrain from making such large changes in a
> point release but Windows users have been long suffering at the hand of
> the old toolchain (e.g. lack of response file support, #8596, and lack
> of SEH support). We expect that this change should fix far more than
> breaks.
> Unfortunately, due to some oversights in the release process there are
> two source tarballs for this release. The first,
> ghc-7.10.3-src.tar.{bz2,xz}, does not include the release notes in the
> users guide. This is fixed in the second patchlevel release,
> ghc-7.10.3a-src.tar.{bz2,xz}. It is recommended that users wanting a
> source release use the ghc-7.10.3a-src tarballs.
> GHC 7.10.3 will very likely be the last release in the GHC 7 series. In
> the coming weeks we will be beginning the release process for GHC 8.0,
> which will include a number of exciting features including the merger of
> kinds with types, injective type families, imporved DWARF debugging
> information, applicative-do syntax, a Strict language extension synonyms
> mechanism, and more. See the GHC 8.0.1 status page for details [2].
> Happy compiling!
> Cheers,
> - Ben
> [1] http://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/7.10.3/docs/html/users_guide//release-7-10-3.html

The links to Trac issues in that page seem to redirect to the same page.

> [2] https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Status/GHC-8.0.1
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Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
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