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Getting started with hacking on GHC
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So you've decided to hack on GHC, congratulations! We hope you have a
rewarding experience. This file will point you in the direction of
information to help you get started right away.
The GHC Developer's Wiki
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The home for GHC Developers, with information on accessing the
latest sources, the bug tracker, and documentation on the
code:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc
In particular, the wiki contains the following pages of interest to
new hackers:
Quick Start for developers
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building/Hacking
This section on the wiki will get you up and running with a
serviceable build tree in no time.
Don't skip this! By default, GHC builds with all optimizations
and profiling; most hackers will want a quicker build, so creating
a mk/build.mk file and knowing how to rebuild only parts of GHC is
very important.
This is part of the "Building GHC" section of the wiki, which
has more detailed information on GHC's build system should you
need it.
Coding conventions
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/WorkingConventions
This wiki page explains the ground rules for code that is intended
to go into the mainline compiler source.
The GHC Commentary
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Commentary
Notes on the internals and architecture of GHC.
Mailing lists
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Ask on glasgow-haskell-users@haskell.org if you have difficulties.
If you're working with the current darcs sources of GHC, then
cvs-ghc@haskell.org might be a more appropriate (developers hang
out here). See http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo for
subscription.
Happy Hacking! --The GHC Team
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