[Haskell-cafe] Candidate Haskell Platform 7.10.2-a for use with OS X El Capitan

Gershom B gershomb at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 05:04:41 UTC 2015

The new OS X El Capitan release (out today) broke the method that Haskell Platform uses to install itself, due to new security features. In fact, if you upgrade your OS, you are also likely to (slightly) break your existing install.

There is now a candidate new installer, available at


Note that it is unsigned and you will have to give it permission to run, the usual way, by right clicking on it, and choosing "open" then explicitly allowing it to run.

The central difference between this and the prior installer is just that it installs symlinks to ghc tools in the /usr/local tree rather than the /usr tree since the latter is now off limits due to new OS X security features.

If you have a prior install and just want to "fix" it after your OS upgrade, no need to reinstall the whole platform. Just download and run the activate-hs shellscript from here: https://github.com/mzero/haskell-platform/blob/master/hptool/os-extras/osx/bin/activate-hs

Again, after a bit more testing we'll get this signed and released as the new official platform installer for OS X, but in the meantime, I wanted to make sure people were in the loop.


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