[Haskell-cafe] Announce: Haskell Platform 8.0.2

Gershom B gershomb at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 07:30:35 UTC 2017

On behalf of the Haskell Platform team, I'm happy to announce the release of

Haskell Platform 8.0.2

Now available at


This includes GHC 8.0.2, cabal-install, and stack 1.3.2, all
with many bugfixes and improvements since the last platform release.

This platform release we've cleaned up the webpage a bit, and renamed
the "minimal" distribution to the "core" distribution to highlight
that it is the recommended approach (and simplified the accompanying

A number of improvements have been made to the windows installer --
notably the /S option for silent install is now in fully working
order, and we have the flags /STACK and /D (for stack and platform-ghc
install paths).

The installer expects no quoting of paths, even with spaces within the
paths, like so:

HaskellPlatform-8.0.2-full-x86_64-setup.exe /S /STACK=c:\My install
path for stack\local\bin /D=c:\program files\Haskell\Platform\8.0.2

There is also an updated version of msys2 included, which includes
pacman, et al. to ease the installation of libraries with more complex
foreign dependencies.

Changes to Contents:

   * As a result of transitive dependencies of platform packages, the
integer-logarithms and call-stack packages have been added to the full

A full list of contents is available at

Thanks to all the contributors to this release, thanks to all the
package and tool maintainers and authors, and a big thanks to the GHC
team for all their hard work.

A list of new GHC changes is available at:

A list of cabal changes is available at:

The new cabal documentation page is at:

A list of stack changes is at:

Happy Haskell Hacking all,

(Note -- one feature we have not implemented yet for the platform but
would like to is a generic linux installer that allows one to set a
custom location and does not require root. Anyone who would like to
volunteer to help with this, please get in touch!)

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