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The following is a wiki page to centralize discussion of how to improve Haskell on Mac OS X. The name "strike force" comes from dons' post on reddit and the comments therein.


1 Goals

1.1 Take care of the Haskell Platform installer

The Haskell Platform installer is now maintained by Mark Lentczner. The build is now a Makefile that is part of the Haskell Platform source tree.

  • what are the most pressing things on the todo list?
    • script a reliable uninstaller for prior versions
    • work out how to suport: { 10.5 | 10.6 | 10.7 } × { 32bit | 64bit } × { Xcode 3.2 | Xcode 4.1 } with as few versions as possible.

This is now done in the latest version of Haskell Platform,

1.2 Make GUI-bindings easy to install

Neither wxHaskell nor Gtk2hs with native Gtk seems to be easy to install. What's the state of HQK and qtHaskell?

  • We should provide at least one easy way to install one set of GUI bindings

1.2.1 wxHaskell

wxHaskell isn't actually that hard to install. The trick is basically that you have to install wxWidgets by hand (unfortunately the one that ships with MacOS X is missing some bits). Once you have the right wxWidgets, you can just cabal install wx

Note that using MacPorts is problematic because of iconv-related issues that various people have reported on the mailing list. I doubt qtHaskell is immune from this.

IMHO, it could be worthwhile to point people to a standard wxWidgets pkg.

1.2.2 qtHaskell

qtHaskell with i386 ghc can be compiled with the following steps:

  • Install Qt via MacPorts with the universal option set.
  • Install Perl 5.12 via MacPorts.
  • qmake will default to building x86_64 binaries, which does not work with 32-bit ghc. Modify /opt/local/libexec/qt4-mac/mkspecs/macx-g++/qmake.conf, adding the following lines:
QMAKE_CXXFLAGS = -arch i386
QMAKE_CFLAGS = -arch i386
QMAKE_LFLAGS = -arch i386
  • You could also create your own spec (macx-g++-i386?), and modify in the qtHaskell top-level directory to use this spec.
  • Build qtHaskell by executing the build script in the top-level directory.

1.3 Make GHC 64 bit

Mac OS X GHC Trac tickets:

  • [2965] is the main ticket, with lots of CC: people
  • [4163] gives some cross-compiling hope

1.4 Reduce the number of GHC tickets

2 Information

2.1 Wiki

2.2 Installing Haskell

2.2.1 How Haskell is on OS X today

The simplest methods are currently:

  • Binary GHC framework (/Library/Framework)
  • Binary Haskell platform framework (/Library/Framework)
  • MacPorts (/opt/local)
  • Fink (/sw)
  • Homebrew (symlinked into /usr/local ?)

2.2.2 Manually compiled

ChrisKuklewicz 11:53, 6 September 2010 (UTC) I use MacPorts for the infrastructure and compile ghc against /opt/local but with --prefix=/opt/ghc-6.12.3 to keep it separate.

2.2.3 Dynamic Linking

working in GHC HEAD, not in any released version.

2.2.4 Difficult libraries on OS X

Libraries needed for ghc

  • iconv (older version in /usr is incompatible with new version from MacPorts)
  • readline (faked in /usr, provided by framework or MacPorts)
  • gmp (framework or MacPorts)

Libraries needed for other packages? gtk?

2.3 OS X code integration

Write Haskell in XCode?

Write ObjectiveC against GHC.Framework?

FFI for Objective C from Haskell?

2.4 Improvements?

A cabal2pkg that maintains proper dependency tracking?

Discussion forum for all this?

You can discuss it on Haskellers at [1]