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<chapter id="runghc">
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  <title>Using runghc</title>
  <indexterm><primary>runghc</primary></indexterm>

  <para>runghc allows you to run Haskell programs without first having
  to compile them.</para>

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  <sect1 id="runghc-introduction">
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    <title>Flags</title>

    <para>The runghc commandline looks like:</para>
<screen>
runghc [runghc flags] [GHC flags] module [program flags]
</screen>
    <para>The only runghc flag currently is
    <literal>-f /path/to/ghc</literal>,
    which tells runghc which GHC to use to run the program. If it is
    not given then runghc will search for GHC in the directories in the
    system search path.</para>

    <para>runghc will try to work out where the boundaries between
    <literal>[runghc flags]</literal> and
    <literal>[GHC flags]</literal>, and
    <literal>[GHC flags]</literal> and
    <literal>module</literal> are, but you can use a
    <literal>--</literal> flag if it doesn't get it right. For example,
    <literal>runghc -- -fglasgow-exts Foo</literal> means runghc
    won't try to use <literal>glasgow-exts</literal> as the path to GHC,
    but instead will pass the flag to GHC.
    </para>

  </sect1>

</chapter>

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