GHC armel build
I've been meaning to write about this earlier but never quite got around
I've been working on bootstrapping an unregisterised build of GHC, the
"Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System", for armel. Initially I
worked in qemu, but Wookey sorted me out with build machine access
earlier this week.
Since an unregisterised port to arm already exists this is really just a
bootstrapping excercise by the looks of it. Float word order is checked
in the configure script and the only hardcoded (#if defined __arm__)
byte swapping occurs in a private copy of gmp which doesn't appear to be
I'm using ghc6 sources from unstable and mainly following the GHC
porting documentation at
There are a few inaccurate paths in that document
(spurious .../ghc/...), but otherwise things work as documented with the
. The step "make hc-file-bundle Project=Ghc" tries to package the file
libraries/haskell-src/Language/Haskell/Parser.hs which doesn't exist.
Commenting out the corresponding line in the top-level Makefile fixes
. The file libraries/Cabal/cabal-setup/CabalSetup.hc isn't build
automatically on the host. A "make CabalSetup.hc" in the respective
directory followed by transferring the generated file to the target
works around that problem.
My build has now reached the stage of rebuilding the libraries with the
already built initial compiler on the target.
Martin, Wookey says you are also working on a GHC build for armel. Are
you aiming for an unregisterised build or a full port? How far along
have you got? Have I missed anything up to where I am now?