GHC 4.08.1 released (bug-fix release) 
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 GHC 4.08.1 released (bug-fix release)

            The Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 4.08.1

We are pleased to announce an update of the Glasgow Haskell
Compiler (GHC), version 4.08.1.  The source distribution is freely
available via the World-Wide Web and through anon. FTP, under a
BSD-style license.  See below for download details.  Pre-built
packages for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Win32 are also available.

Haskell is "the" standard lazy functional programming language; the
current language version is Haskell 98, agreed in December 1998.

GHC is a state-of-the-art optimising compiler for Haskell, generating
good code for a variety of platforms.  The distribution includes space
and time profiling facilities, a large collection of libraries, and
support for various language extensions, including concurrency, exceptions,
and foreign language interfaces (C, C++, whatever).

A wide variety of Haskell related resources (tutorials, libraries,
specifications, documentation, compilers, interpreters, references,
contact information, links to research groups) are available from the
Haskell home page at


GHC's Web page lives at


+ What's new

Since 4.08, a truck-load of bug fixes (that's several tons).

For details of what was new in 4.08, see the release notes:


+ Mailing lists

We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, send


+ On-line GHC-related resources

Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:

GHC home page             http://www.*-*-*.com/
Haskell home page         http://www.*-*-*.com/
comp.lang.functional FAQ   http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~gmh/faq.html

+ How to get it

The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be


Once you have the distribution, please follow the pointers in the
README file to find all of the documentation about this release.  NB:
preserve modification times when un-tarring the files (no `m' option
for tar, please)!

+ System requirements

To compile programs with GHC, you need a machine with 32+MB memory, GNU C
and perl. This release is known to work on the following platforms:

  * i386-unknown-{linux,freebsd,netbsd,cygwin32,mingw32}
  * sparc-sun-solaris2
  * hppa1.1-hp-hpux{9,10}

Ports to the following platforms should be relatively easy (for a
wunderhacker), but haven't been tested due to lack of time/hardware:

  * i386-unknown-solaris2
  * alpha-dec-osf{2,3}
  * mips-sgi-irix{5,6}
  * {rs6000,powerpc}-ibm-aix

The builder's guide included in distribution gives a complete
run-down of what ports work; an on-line version can be found at


Sun, 23 Feb 2003 19:29:00 GMT  
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