Haskell Platform difficulties

Wolfgang Jeltsch g9ks157k at acme.softbase.org
Fri Jun 19 12:16:39 EDT 2009


I just wanted to install a current GHC and some Haskell libraries on my new 
Debian lenny installation. So I thought I’ll go the quick and easy route via 
the new Haskell Platform.

Alas, I had to discover that I need GHC >= 6.10.3 already installed in order 
to install the platform. So I wonder why it isn’t possible to use an older 
GHC. GHC 6.10.x should be compilable with older GHCs and the libraries could 
be compiled with the newly installed GHC 6.10.x. If GHC >= 6.10.3 wouldn’t be 
needed in advance, I could install GHC 6.8.2 from the Debian package 
repository and then install the Haskell Platform using it. Now, it’s actually 
easier to not use the platform at all. :-( 

In addition, I wonder whether it would be possible to make binary 
distributions of the Haskell Platform, at least for generic Linux x86 and 
x86_64. If I install GHC and libraries by hand, I can take an already 
compiled GHC. If I use the platform, GHC needs to be compiled from source.

Best wishes,

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