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# GHC up
[`cabal-install`](https://hackage.haskell.org/package/cabal-install) follows the UNIX philosophy of [do one thing and do it well](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy#Do_One_Thing_and_Do_It_Well): it builds your project by managing your dependencies. However, `cabal-install` does not download `ghc` if one is needed, although it can demand that [a specific version](https://cabal.readthedocs.io/en/latest/nix-local-build.html#cfg-flag---with-compiler) of `ghc` is available. Unfortunately, many operating systems do not offer a way to install multiple versions of `ghc`.
Installs a specified GHC version into `~/.ghcup/ghc/<ver>`,
and places `ghc-<ver>` etc. symlinks in `~/.ghcup/bin/`.
Additionally allows to manage currently selected ghc
via unversioned symlinks.
`ghcup` makes it easy to install specific versions of `ghc` on GNU/Linux, and can also bootstrap a fresh Haskell developer environment from scratch.
This uses precompiled GHC binaries that have been
compiled on fedora/debian by
[upstream GHC](https://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_8_6_1.html#binaries).
Similar in scope to [rustup](https://github.com/rust-lang-nursery/rustup.rs), [pyenv](https://github.com/pyenv/pyenv) and [jenv](http://www.jenv.be).
Alternatively, you can also tell it to compile from source (note that this might
fail due to missing requirements).
In addition this script can also install `cabal-install`.
**Note: this project is in early stage and may not work on all distributions yet!**
*OS X users may prefer [futurice](https://haskell.futurice.com/) and Ubuntu users may prefer [hvr's ppa](https://launchpad.net/~hvr/+archive/ubuntu/ghc).*
## Table of Contents
* [Why](#why)
* [Installation](#installation)
* [Usage](#usage)
* [How](#how)
* [Contributing](#contributing)
* [TODO](#todo)
* [Known problems](#known-problems)
## Why
`cabal new-*` manages your haskell packages, but not GHC versions, since
it follows the unix philosophy. Unfortunately system GHC versions
are often either outdated or cannot be installed in parallel
with proper symlink management on many distros. This tool
tries to fill that gap and be fairly distro-agnostic.
Inspired by [rustup](https://github.com/rust-lang-nursery/rustup.rs).
## Installation
Just place the `ghcup` shell script into your `PATH` anywhere.
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export PATH="$HOME/.cabal/bin:$HOME/.ghcup/bin:$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH"
```
## Usage
See `ghcup --help`.
## How
Installs a specified GHC version into `~/.ghcup/ghc/<ver>`, and places `ghc-<ver>` symlinks in `~/.ghcup/bin/`.
Optionally, an unversioned `ghc` link can point to a default version of your choice.
This uses precompiled GHC binaries that have been compiled on fedora/debian by [upstream GHC](https://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_8_6_1.html#binaries).
Alternatively, you can also tell it to compile from source (note that this might fail due to missing requirements).
In addition this script can also install `cabal-install`.
## Contributing
* PR or email
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* use [shellcheck](https://github.com/koalaman/shellcheck) and `checkbashisms.pl` from [debian devscripts](http://http.debian.net/debian/pool/main/d/devscripts/devscripts_2.18.4.tar.xz)
* whitespaces, no tabs
## TODO
## Known problems
- [ ] FreeBSD support ([#4](https://github.com/haskell/ghcup/issues/4))
- [ ] Make fetching tarballs more robust ([#5](https://github.com/haskell/ghcup/issues/5))
- [x] More code documentation
- [x] Allow to compile from source ([#2](https://github.com/haskell/ghcup/issues/2))
- [x] Allow to install cabal-install as well ([#3](https://github.com/haskell/ghcup/issues/3))
### Limited distributions supported
## Known problems
Currently only GNU/Linux distributions compatible with the [upstream GHC](https://www.haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_8_6_1.html#binaries) binaries are supported.
### Precompiled binaries
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