GHC 8.4.1 released

The GHC developers are very happy to announce the 8.4.1 release of Glasgow Haskell Compiler. Binary and source distributions can be found at

https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/8.4.1/

This is the third major release in the GHC 8 series. As such, the focus of this release is performance, stability, and consolidation. Consequently numerous cleanups can be seen throughout the compiler including,

  • Further refinement of TypeInType, including significant improvements in error messages.
  • Improvements in code generation resulting in noticable performance improvements in some types of programs.
  • Core library improvements, including phase 2 of the Semigroup/Monoid proposal
  • Many improvements to instance deriving
  • The resolution of nearly 300 other tickets

A more thorough list of the changes in this release can be found in the release notes,

https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/8.4.1/docs/html/users_guide/8.4.1-notes.html

There are a few changes in release-engineering matters that should be noted,

  • This is GHC's first release on it's new, accelerated release schedule. From now on GHC will produce one release every six months.
  • While we typically strive to produce OpenBSD builds, the gcc shipped with OpenBSD 6.1 is unfortunately too old to compile this release.
  • FreeBSD builds are still in progress

This release has been the result of approximately six months of work by over one hundred code contributors. Thanks to everyone who has helped in writing patches, testing, reporting bugs, and offering feedback over the last year.

As always, let us know if you encounter trouble.

How to get it

This release can be downloaded from

https://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_8_4_1.html

For older versions see

https://www.haskell.org/ghc/

We supply binary builds in the native package format for many platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same place.

Background

Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language.

GHC is a state-of-the-art programming suite for Haskell. Included is an optimising compiler generating efficient code for a variety of platforms, together with an interactive system for convenient, quick development. 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. GHC is distributed under a BSD-style open source license.

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 (see below).

On-line GHC-related resources

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Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of difficulty. The Building Guide describes how to go about porting to a new platform.

Developers

We welcome new contributors. Instructions on accessing our source code repository, and getting started with hacking on GHC, are available from the GHC's developer's site run by Trac.

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There are several other Haskell and GHC-related mailing lists on haskell.org; for the full list, see the lists page.

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  • Posted: 2018-03-08 17:22 (Updated: 2018-03-08 17:35)
  • Author: Ben Gamari
  • Categories: release

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