Upgrading packages/Updating to GHC 7

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A list of common problems upgrading packages to GHC 7.

If you maintain packages, this is for you.


If you use -XGADTs or -XTypeFamilies (or -fglasgow-exts, which is deprecated) you get -XMonoLocalBinds, which says that local let/where bindings are not auto-generalised. There's an extensive discussion of the reason for this decision in our paper "Let should not be generalised" and the journal version

* http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Simonpj/Talk:OutsideIn

base 3 goes away

There is no base 3 now, after being deprecated for several years, so dependencies on base 3 won't compile with GHC 7.

Quasiquotation data constructor modified

The QuasiQuoter constructor now takes four arguments instead of 2. (quoteType and quoteDec were added). One solution: use record syntax to set only the quoters you provide. This allows code to remain backwards compatible.

Quasiquotation: [$foo|...|] -> [foo|...|]

Quasiquoter invocation no longer requires/allows a leading dollar sign.

The binary library shipped with the compiler is renamed ghc-binary

If your package expects to see binary, the correct thing is to build and install an external version. However, you will need a version newer than, which was the current version in hackage when this was written.