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Re: Add llvm package as a suggested package for ghc

On 10 November 2011 09:41, Joachim Breitner <nomeata@debian.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am Donnerstag, den 10.11.2011, 09:13 -0800 schrieb David Terei:
>> I wanted to suggested that for the ghc debian package you add llvm as
>> a suggested package. This will highlight the importance of this
>> package as it's needed for using the llvm backend of GHC.
> I guess you are the person to ask a few questions that I had since a
> while:
>  * What steps are (currently) needed to compile an Haskell program using
> LLVM on Debian?

Install ghc, install 'llvm' package. Call ghc with '-fllvm' flag.

>  * Is the output binary-compatible, e.g. can I build a program using
> LLVM but use libraries built the usual way?


>  * Should we build the binary packages of Haskell libraries with LLVM?
> Why? If not, why not?

I'd say no at this stage. The library authors themselves can choose to
use the llvm backend or not in their cabal file. I'd leave the choice
to them.


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