who's maintaining language-c? tis borken on hackage with 7.8 till a new version is pushed

John Lato jwlato at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 18:06:22 UTC 2014

On Feb 14, 2014 8:38 AM, "Anthony Cowley" <acowley at seas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> On Friday, February 14, 2014, Carter Schonwald <carter.schonwald at gmail.com>
>> Hey all,
>> someone needs to help take over language C maintainer ship, because its
going to be broken on 7.8 unless someone pushes a sdist'd with a new happy/
alex to hackage (see https://github.com/haskell/c2hs/issues/64 for an
example issue)
>> I know Anthony and Jason have at points patched language-c for their
respective needs, so i'm cc'ing em :)
>> -Carter
> To clarify the situation for anyone who wants to take up the language-c
mantle, I have a fork at  https://github.com/acowley/language-c that lets
one use c2hs on OS X Mavericks, in particular for OpenCL and OpenGL. You
will probably find evidence of me reporting and talking about this issue in
various places; I never got any response from anyone, but sensed a healthy
amount of Won't Fix in the air.
> A more popular fix has been to #define hacks for individual package build
systems, but this is crazy as it means the hack has to be replicated
everywhere. If c2hs is absolutely necessary, then its use of language-c
should be reconsidered. All I did was hack the language-c parser to be more
liberal in the attributes it accepts. I have no reason to believe that my
changes are correct, but it is apparent that nobody is using these parse
results: we just need the parser to not error out.
> TL;DR: Long term, language-c should have a stripped down mode of
operation that better fits c2hs's needs. Short term, my language-c fork
seems to work on OS X, but I haven't tested much elsewhere.

Another option is language-objective-c, which started as a fork of
language-c, supports nearly everything language-c does, and I'm still
actively maintaining it.  Unfortunately I don't have the resources to test
it on newer osx versions, so I'd appreciate if somebody else could give it
a try (I'll need to push a new version for 7.8 though).

John L
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