Win 9x support
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Sigbjorn wrote the below re his GHC 6.6.1 installer. It sounds like there still is some demand for GHC on Win 9x, so we should have make a non-threaded ghc be built in the nightly builds and handled correctly in the installer creator.
Someone sent an e-mail querying about Win9x compatibility, which is something I forgot to take into account when building the 6.6.1 installer. To remedy, I've refreshed the installer to include a new version that ought to work across a wider spectrum of MS OS versions & releases -- http://galois.com/~sof/msi/ghc-6-6-1.msi Notice that since the GHC binary is now being linked with a 'threaded' RTS, some non-Win9x compatible portions of the Win32 API is being used & depended upon, causing DLL resolution at startup to miserably fail. To counter and workaround this, I've included bin/ghc-u.exe with the refreshed installer, which is an unthreaded (and faster..) version of the compiler (=> GHCi.) So, to get a working system under Win9x, you'll need to either use "ghc-u" directly, or rename it as ghc.exe (and, as a result, enable 'ghci.exe' usage.) Also, as with ghc-6.6, if you intend to distribute your 6.6.1-compiled code that uses the Win32 package, and have it work on Win9x platforms, you'll need to include the Unicode API layer DLL, which you'll find in bin/ as unicows.dll