[Haskell-cafe] [ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.4.2 released
ben at well-typed.com
Fri Apr 20 00:01:22 UTC 2018
The GHC team is pleased to announce the availability of GHC 8.4.2. The
source distribution, binary distributions, and documentation for this
release are available at
This release is a bug-fix release, fixing numerous regressions and bugs
present in GHC 8.4.1. These include:
* A regression resulting in some uses of `Control.Exception.evaluate`
to be inappropriately optimised away (see #13930)
* A regression resulting in segmentation faults of programs compiled
with profiling (#14705)
* A bug causing runtime system panics while running programs with
retainer profiling (#14947)
* The configure scripts now accepts a `--disable-dtrace` option, again
allowing GHC to be bootstrapped on FreeBSD (#15040)
* The version number of the `base` package has been bumped to
184.108.40.206 to reflect the addition of the `GHC.IO.FixIOException` type.
This interface was added in 8.4.1 but the version bump was missed due to
* Support for DWARF debug information has been significantly improved
A more thorough list of the changes in this release can be found in the
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to developing, documenting, and
testing this release!
As always, let us know if you encounter trouble.
How to get it
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platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.
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