Haskell Platform difficulties

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Fri Jun 19 12:18:47 EDT 2009

> Hello,
> 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. :-( 

GHC 6.10.2 has been confirmed to work. You are always free to choose
different versions of things to that which the platform specifies, but
the goal of the platform is to specify versions for you, after 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.

Hmm. Yes, that would be good. Anyone familiar enough with generic
tar.gz's to add code to the current platform bundle?

-- Don

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