At long last: 2014.2.0.0 Release Candidate 1

Mark Lentczner mark.lentczner at
Thu Jul 24 06:57:52 UTC 2014

*Even I find it hard to believe that it's finally here!*

*I'm happy to announce the RC1 release of Haskell Platform 2014.2.0.0.*

You can find builds for Windows (32bit and 64bit), Mac (64bit), as well as
a source tarball, and a tag in the repo:

   - source tarball: haskell-platform-2014.2.0.0-RC1.tar.gz
   - source repo:
   - windows 32bit: HaskellPlatform-2014.2.0.0-i386-RC1-setup.exe
   - windows 64bit: HaskellPlatform-2014.2.0.0-x86_64-RC1-setup.exe
   - os x 64bit: Haskell Platform 2014.2.0.0 64bit RC1.signed.pkg
   - travis-ci build: 20



   - Built with the new shake based build system
   - cgi package not included as it doesn't build under 7.8, and no word
   from the maintainer in quite some time
   - hscolour is included as a tool, mostly as it is used to build the
   platform itself on win and mac... but we should probably officially decide
   to include it
   - the haskell-platform package itself is not in these releases... not
   sure if we actually need it as it doesn't contain anything other than


   - The Haskell Platform now provides a native Windows 64-bit installation
   (haskell-platform issue #54
   - All included packages built without --enable-split-objs (GHC 7.8 FAQ
   - All included packages built without --enable-shared (GHC ticket #8228
   - All html document links are relative and everything links nicely
   together now, including the master index and cross-package links
   - If other Haskell Platform installations are detected during the
   installation of Haskell Platform 2014.2.0.0, a warning is displayed to the
   user that this is not recommended since problems will arise due to how the
   PATH is used in many cases to find ancillary build tools
   - Using ghci to build an executable that links against a DLL may result
   in numerous warnings about symbols (GHC ticket #9297
   - On Windows 64-bit, some unneeded python files are included (GHC ticket
   #9014 <>)
   - The Haskell Platform for Windows, both 32-bit and 64-bit, now includes
   an updated version of the OpenGL Utility Toolkit (GLUT) from the FreeGLUT
   project, utilizing the pre-built distribution from with the
   MinGW build ( (haskell-platform issue #81

Mac OS X

   - Distributed with a build of 7.8.3 that differs from the released
   bindist in two ways: a) it was built split-objs for smaller resulting
   executables, b) it includes Cabal- which fixes a particularly nasty
   problem with haddock, -XCPP, and clang based systems. This ghc-7.8.3
   bindist is available as well:
      - ghc-7.8.3-x86_64-apple-darwin-r3.tar.bz2
      - haddocks finally cross link between packages correctly
   - includes a new experimental activate-hs command that can switch
   between multiple installed versions of the platform
   - includes a slightly updated uninstall-hs command
   - the cabal command is wrapped to provide a smoother file layout on the
   Mac... the wrapping only updates the ~/.cabal/config file the first time
   you run it.. please pay attention to its output - if you have a custom
   config file, you'll want to update it, as Cabal's defaults have changed
   - works on 10.7 (tested), 10.8 (assumed!), 10.9 (tested) - both with gcc
   and clang based Xcode installs. (Next RC will support back to 10.6!)
   - 64bit only build this time... anyone still want the 32bit build?

Source tarball

   - Quite some changes from last time - notably now includes the new build
   machinery, not the old.
   - The build machinery is well tested (see the travis-ci link above) from
   a repo... not tested much from a source repo
   - It isn't clear the source repo is of much interest... anyone need it?
   anyone need anything beyond the haskell-platform.cabal file in it?


   - These can "soak" amongst the intreped on these lists for 48 hours.
   - On Saturday, I'll release any needed updated RCs, and announce to a
   wider audience
   - End of next week (from my vacation, I'll point out), we'll declare
   success and ship.

— Mark

P.S.: sha256 sums for the reasonably wary:
860cba2d65bc1790ec3b8a0a62c8aaf19f5b18e9070aa1ec3c468b7c6ca82697  Haskell
Platform 2014.2.0.0 64bit RC1.signed.pkg
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