[Haskell-cafe] [ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.8.1 is now available
danburton.email at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 17:00:23 UTC 2019
Will base-220.127.116.11 (which ships with ghc 8.8) be uploaded to hackage?
-- Dan Burton
On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 2:25 AM Ben Gamari <ben at well-typed.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> The GHC team is pleased to announce the release candidate for GHC 8.8.1.
> The source distribution, binary distributions, and documentation are
> available at
> This release is the culmination of over 3000 commits by over one hundred
> contributors and has several new features and numerous bug fixes
> relative to GHC 8.6:
> * Visible kind applications are now supported (GHC Proposal #15)
> * Profiling now works correctly on 64-bit Windows (although still may
> be problematic on 32-bit Windows due to platform limitations; see
> * A new code layout algorithm for amd64's native code generator
> significantly improving the runtime performance of some kernels
> * The introduction of a late lambda-lifting pass which may reduce
> allocations significantly for some programs.
> * Further work on Trees That Grow, enabling improved code re-use of the
> Haskell AST in tooling
> * Users can write `forall` in more contexts (GHC Proposal #7)
> * The pattern-match checker is now more precise in the presence of
> strict fields with uninhabited types.
> * A comprehensive audit of GHC's memory ordering barriers has been
> performed, resulting in a number of fixes that should significantly
> improve the reliability of programs on architectures with
> weakly-ordered memory models (e.g. PowerPC, many ARM and AArch64
> * A long-standing linker limitation rendering GHCi unusable with
> projects with cyclic symbol dependencies has been fixed (#13786)
> * Further work on the Hadrian build system
> * Countless miscellaneous bug-fixes
> Unfortunately, due to a build issue (#17108) found late in the release
> i386 Windows builds are currently unavailable. These will be provided in
> the coming weeks.
> As always, if anything looks amiss do let us know.
> Happy compiling!
> - Ben
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