ANNOUNCE: GHC version 5.04 released
Thu, 11 Jul 2002 10:56:08 +0100
The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 5.04
We are pleased to announce a new major release of the Glasgow Haskell
Compiler (GHC), version 5.04.
* Hierarchical libraries, with documentation produced by Haddock.
* New type system extensions: full rank-N types and kind
* New heap profiling facilities (retainer profiling, biographical
* MacOS X support
See the release notes for a full list of the changes:
How to get it
The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be self-explanatory:
We supply binary builds in the native package format for various
flavours of Linux and BSD, and in InstallShield form for Windows
folks. Binary builds for other platforms are available as a .tar.bz2
which can be installed wherever you want. The source distribution is
also available from the same place.
Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your system
isn't available yet, come back later.
Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language; the
current language version is Haskell 98, agreed in December 1998.
GHC is a state-of-the-art programming suite for Haskell. Included is
an optimising compiler generating good code for a variety of
platforms, together with an interactive system for convenient, quick
development. The distribution includes space and time profiling
facilities, a large collection of libraries, and support for various
language extensions, including concurrency, exceptions, and foreign
language interfaces (C, whatever). GHC is distributed under a
BSD-style open source license.
A wide variety of Haskell related resources (tutorials, libraries,
specifications, documentation, compilers, interpreters, references,
contact information, links to research groups) are available from the
Haskell home page (see below).
On-line GHC-related resources
Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:
GHC home page http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
Haskell home page http://www.haskell.org/
comp.lang.functional FAQ http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~gmh/faq.html
To compile programs with GHC, you need a machine with 64+MB memory, GCC
and perl. This release is known to work on the following platforms:
* powerpc-apple-darwin (MacOS/X)
Ports to the following platforms should be relatively easy (for a
wunderhacker), but haven't been tested due to lack of time/hardware:
The builder's guide on the web site gives a complete run-down of what
ports work; it can be found at
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