Wither Haskell Platform 2013.4.0.0

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 07:15:44 UTC 2013

good to know! (i'm out of date on my python knowledge)

I think we're getting pretty far afield.

speaking as someone who's played "OS X support guru/*grunt*" for people
dealing with GHC 7.6 + xcode 5 quite a bit for the past 2-5 months,

I don't care about what the release is, as long as we clearly communicate
to people

1) xcode 5 + ghc 7.6.3 have issues which require menial intervention and
following directions to fix (I even  sent out an email giving direction
http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2013-September/110320.html ).
The directions i listed don't cover every *correct* way to work around the
issues, they merely list the solutions that are easy to communicate and

2) how to cope while we get a patched ghc/HP ready (by following directions)

3) get a patched GHC/HP out.

nearly every day I'm helping someone on IRC deal with this issue, and I
strongly suspect that thats the tip of the iceberg.

We need to have  clear information / warning to people who are installing
7.6 ghc or current haskell platform on OS X about this issue, if we fail to
make information about these issues available to new users, some will just
give up on bizarre CPP errors and move on.  Which i consider unacceptable :)

I don't care what solution we do, just that we fix this issue proactively.

while we prep to sort this out, can we at least more clearly link to this
issues information on the GHC / HP download pages? I'm really really really
really tired of playing support on this issue after a few months of it....
it stopped being fun a month ago when it started happening to people who
can't patch their own GHC. We need to deal with this.  Also i'm a bit
buried with my own stuff this month so i'm worried some people wont' get


On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:

> On Monday, October 14, 2013, Dag Odenhall wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Nope. Arch is a rolling release distribution whose policy is directly
>>> opposed to the "stable release" philosophy of the Platform. They will
>>> package latest versions of everything, not a "stable release". You *cannot*
>>> satisfy their requirements with the Platform; ignore them.
>>  I would say it depends on what you mean by “latest”, since one answer
>> could be “latest haskell-platform”. Does Arch Linux ship the latest Python
>> packages, even if an older version is included in the stdlib of the latest
>> Python release?
> There isn't a separate "Python" and "Python Platform". Packages that ship
> with Python are maintained in Python's repository. Those that are
> also maintained separately usually have another package/module name
> altogether so both can be installed without interfering with one another.
> -bob
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