I've been trying out various linker flags on merulo and finally found ones that got ghc6 to build on ia64. Unfortunately, that didn't still work on the ia64 buildd. GHC is a self-hosting compiler, meaning that it has a build dependency on itself and uses itself to compile itself. The build proceeds in stages. Stage 1 compiler is one which has been built on the pre-existing compiler. Stage 2 compiler is built with the stage 1 compiler. It's done this way so that various data structures match. This is the version that's packaged as /usr/bin/ghc6. Both stages pass successfully on merulo. On the buildd, the build fails right at the start of stage 2 with a segfault. I tested the compiler on merulo by building a stage 3 compiler (ie. ghc built with the stage 2 compiler) which seems to be a pretty strong indication that I have a working compiler. The lack of ghc6 on ia64 has kept it from testing since 6.10.1. I never got it built with a 6.10 compiler but seems like we're pretty close to getting there with 6.12. Is it impossible that there's something wrong with the buildd? Could I just upload the package that I built on merulo? Any advice on this?
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