7.8.3 for the Platform

Mateusz Kowalczyk fuuzetsu at fuuzetsu.co.uk
Fri Jun 6 08:07:39 UTC 2014

On 06/05/2014 03:31 PM, Austin Seipp wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> I was planning on releasing GHC 7.8.3 very soon (in the next few
> days,) and I'm wondering if it is still a possible candidate for the
> next Haskell Platform?

Actually there are few commits of changes to Haddock which fix a rather
serious hyperlinking bug but I'm not sure whether this is relevant. It's
on the 7.8 branch already. Just piping up in case it matters.

> To be clear, there are no library updates this time around - 7.8.3 is
> almost 100% a pure compiler/runtime bugfix release, and some of the
> fixes are quite bad.
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/9078
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/8768
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/9148
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/9001
> The first one, #9078, would be particularly bad to let slip into the
> release - it affects possibly all EDSLs using mkStableName for
> sharing, and is very easy to trigger by allocating stable names
> quickly. I'd say #8768 is somewhat nasty as well. Accelerate and SBV
> are two examples of projects that will crash.
> There are currently no plans to even bump the corresponding library
> numbers - we didn't do so for 7.8.2, and there are no changes at all
> that would warrant a bump for 7.8.3. It's really a stability release
> more than anything and irons out several real bumps.
> Do let me know what you think - I'll keep this thread updated as the
> release gets closer if anything else goes in.

Mateusz K.

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