A Dockerfile to build a GHC 7.8.3 ARM cross compiler for Android development
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This package contains a Dockerfile and associated scripts to build a GHC 7.8.3 cross compiler targeting the ARM architecture. Big thanks go out neuroctye for the original build script and joeyh for additional changes.

You will see some errors in the standard output, some that even look like they might be fatal. Stay strong and wait. It will build to the end. If it doesn't please contact me.


Please build with at least Docker version 1.6. Check with docker version.

Once you've done that then:

$ docker build .


You'll want to run the image inside an interactive shell. At the end of the build it will tell you the image ID of the final image.

$ docker run -it bash


This build script takes between 1 - 2 hours to run. It installs several packages, some that require patches to make them work with Android. Developing a build script with this many dependencies is a nightmare.

You can only be sure your script really works if you run it on a pristine environment. But when your script breaks after 50 minutes it is just the sort of thing that can make you want to consider changing careers, especially if it happens a few times in a row. Development is made so much easier with quick turn-around times.

The fantastic thing about Docker is that it effectively takes a snapshot of the entire file system after each Dockerfile command allowing you to return to that known state and try again.

Docker is great because:

  1. It helped me. This script was developed much more quickly than it otherwise would have been. Because of how Docker works I had the confidence that it would build from a pristine environment once I had successfully built it the first time.

  2. It will help you. This script will inevitably succumb to bitrot. It may fail but when it does you will not have to go all the way back to the beginning. You can make a change to one of the many mini-scripts in the user-scripts/ directory and try again from the point of failure.

More information

For more information read my blog post.