Improved testing of cross-compiler
It is already possible to build cross compiler eg from x86_64/linux to armhf/linux or arm64/linux, but there is currently no way to run the test suite.
However, at least for the host and targets above, it should be possible to run the test executables under the Qemu user space emulation. I know this works, because in my own personal jenkins build instance, I test exactly this by doing (for x86_64/linux to amr64/linux cross):
echo -e 'main :: IO ()\nmain = putStrLn "Hello World"\n' > hello-world.hs inplace/bin/ghc-stage1 hello-world.hs -o hello-world test $(file hello-world | grep -c 'ARM aarch64, version 1') -eq 1 ./hello-world
The linux machine I run the above test on is x86_64/linux but has Qemu and
binfmt stuff set up so that it can run some foreign binaries. For instance, if GHC worked as a Linux to Windows cross-compiler the resulting windows binaries should work under Wine.
To get this working, I suspect that just about all the required work is in the build system. Not sure if it might not be better to wait until the Shake based build system is in better shape.