test import of the old GHC darcs repo


The Glasgow Haskell Compiler

This is the source tree for GHC, a compiler and interactive
environment for the Haskell functional programming language.

For more information, visit GHC's web site:


Information for developers of GHC can be found here:


Getting the Source

There are two ways to get a source tree:

  1. Download source tarballs

  Download the GHC source distribution:


  which contains GHC itself and the "boot" libraries.

  2. Check out the source code from darcs

  The recommended way to get a darcs checkout is to start off by
  downloading a snapshot with a name like:




  and then untar it and bring it up-to-date with:

     $ cd ghc
     $ ./darcs-all get

  Alternatively you can use darcs to get the repos, but it will take a
  lot longer. First get the GHC darcs repository:

    $ darcs get http://darcs.haskell.org/ghc/

  Then run the darcs-all script in that repository
  to get the other repositories:

     $ cd ghc
     $ chmod +x darcs-all
     $ ./darcs-all get

  This checks out the "boot" packages.

Building & Installing

For full information on building GHC, see the GHC Building Guide [3].
Here follows a summary - if you get into trouble, the Building Guide
has all the answers.

NB. you need GHC installed in order to build GHC, because the compiler
is itself written in Haskell.  For instructions on how to port GHC to a
new platform, see the Building Guide.

If you're building from darcs sources (as opposed to a source
distribution) then you also need to install Happy [4] and Alex [5].

For building library documentation, you'll need Haddock [6].  To build
the compiler documentation, you need a good DocBook XML toolchain and

Quick start:  the following gives you a default build:

    $ perl boot
    $ ./configure
    $ make
    $ make install

The "perl boot" step is only necessary if this is a tree checked out
from darcs.  For source distributions downloaded from GHC's web site,
this step has already been performed.

These steps give you the default build, which includes everything
optimised and built in various ways (eg. profiling libs are built).
It can take a long time.  To customise the build, see the file


 [1] http://www.haskell.org/ghc/                        GHC Home Page
 [2] http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc                GHC Developer's Wiki
 [3] http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building  Building Guide
 [4] http://www.haskell.org/happy/                      Happy
 [5] http://www.haskell.org/alex/                       Alex
 [6] http://www.haskell.org/haddock/                    Haddock


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