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Work has begun on replacing the build system described below with a cross platform script using scons. If you want to try this new system please read Yhc/Scons. The system described below "will continue to work for some time while the Scons based system is being finalised" --- however it seems to be deprecated and not expected to work anymore; use scons now.


You need a C compiler - both gcc and MS Visual C are known to be OK.

If you want to build the yhc compiler itself (not strictly necessary), you will need a very recent Haskell compiler, e.g. ghc >= 6.4. The supplied configure script will not detect if your compiler version is too old, and will not accept alternative names like ghc-6.4 instead of ghc.

The build requires Cpphs, but the makefiles will detect if this is missing and download it for you. This downloading requires darcs.

Getting the Code

The source code is stored in a darcs repo, to get the code do:

darcs get http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/fp/darcs/yhc-devel/

You can browse the code and its history on-line through a darcsweb interface.

There is a buildbot script that runs on every change, the results of which are available here. If the build is busted, hopefully the developers will fix it soon. If your build is busted, but the buildbot succeeds, consider adding your machine as a buildbot slave - then it will never get broken again.

Building on Windows

Open a console at the root of the yhc tree. There is a file called Makefile.bat, which is used to build the various components. Just typing Makefile should give you a list of the options.

The modes are:

  • yhc - build the compiler, requires GHC
  • yhi - build the runtime, requires Visual Studio 2003 (ask for support for other compilers)
  • yhe - build the evaluator, requires GHC
  • gyhe - build the graphic evaluator, requires GHC and Gtk2Hs (Gtk2Hs HEAD only)
  • doc - build the documentation, requires haddock and GHC
  • lib - build the base libraries
  • test - run the standard tests

The standard options are:

  • debug - build in debug mode [default]
  • release - build in release mode

All compiled binaries will go into \inst\bin. To compile and run the test suite do:

$ Makefile yhc
$ Makefile yhi
$ Makefile yht
$ Makefile lib
$ set YHC_BASE_PATH=<current directory>\inst
$ Makefile test

You may wish to set your YHC_BASE_PATH globally, in which case go to My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Environment Variables, New.

To ensure you have the latest version of all the source, run:

$ Makefile pull

Building on Linux/Unix

The standard unix thing will should get you most of the way.

chmod +x configure   # because darcs does't record the executable bit

There currently isn't a 'make install', but it is fairly trivial: simply copy the contents of the 'inst' directory into where everything should be installed. If it complains about the YHC_BASE_PATH environment variables, set this in by editing /etc/bash.bashrc and add the line

export YHC_BASE_PATH=/usr/lib/yhc/

(if your system uses bash as the default shell), where /usr/lib/yhc is wherever you put your /inst folder.

If your Haskell compiler has a name other than ghc, edit the file Makefile.inc in the root, and change HC=ghc to HC=your_compiler.

Building on Mac OS X

You will need to have libraries like GMP (Gnu multi-precision arithmetic) installed. Most people do this with Fink or DarwinPorts, or some such. You need the header files in addition to the library archive, and these are often distributed in a 'devel' version of the package.

If your packaging system uses a separate directory hierarchy (Fink uses /sw) then you may need to set up some environment variables so that the C compiler can find the includes and libraries:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/sw/lib    # for dylibs
LIBRARY_PATH=/sw/lib       # for static linking
CPATH=/sw/include          # for header files

Then just follow the usual unix-like procedure, as above.