Commit d168c41a authored by harendra's avatar harendra Committed by Ben Gamari
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Fix and complete runghc documentation

Reviewers: austin, thomie, bgamari

Reviewed By: bgamari

Differential Revision:

GHC Trac Issues: #12517
parent ff1931e2
......@@ -11,7 +11,7 @@ compile them.
.. _runghc-introduction:
The ``runghc`` command-line looks like:
......@@ -20,17 +20,45 @@ The ``runghc`` command-line looks like:
runghc [runghc flags] [GHC flags] module [program args]
The runghc flags are ``-f /path/to/ghc``, which tells runghc which GHC
to use to run the program, and ``--help``, which prints usage
information. If it is not given then runghc will search for GHC in the
directories in the system search path.
runghc will try to work out where the boundaries between
``[runghc flags]`` and ``[GHC flags]``, and ``[program args]`` and
``module`` are, but you can use a ``--`` flag if it doesn't get it
right. For example, ``runghc -- -Wunused-bindings Foo`` means
runghc won't try to use ``warn-unused-bindings`` as the path to GHC, but
instead will pass the flag to GHC. If a GHC flag doesn't start with a
dash then you need to prefix it with ``--ghc-arg=`` or runghc will think
that it is the program to run, e.g.
``runghc -package-db --ghc-arg=foo.conf Main.hs``.
Any flags not recognized by runghc are automatically passed to GHC.
If a flag is recognized by both runghc and GHC but you want to
pass it to GHC then you can place it after a ``--`` separator. Flags after the
separator are treated as GHC only flags. Alternatively you can use the runghc
option ``--ghc-arg=<arg>`` to pass any flag or argument directly to GHC.
``module`` could be a Haskell source filename with or without the extension.
If for some reason the filename starts with a ``-`` you can use a second
``--`` to indicate the end of flags. Anything following a second
``--`` will be considered a program file or module name followed by its
arguments. For example:
- ``runghc -- -- -hello.hs``
runghc flags
runghc accepts the following flags:
- ``-f /path/to/ghc``: tell runghc the path of GHC executable to use to run the program. By default runghc will search for GHC in the directories in the system search path.
- ``--ghc-arg=<arg>``: Pass an option or argument to GHC
- ``--help``: print usage information.
- ``--version``: print version information.
GHC Flags
As discussed earlier, use ``--`` or ``--ghc-arg=<arg>`` to disambiguate GHC
flags when needed. For example, ``-f`` is recognized by runghc, therefore to
pass ``-fliberate-case`` to GHC use any of the following:
- ``runghc -- -fliberate-case``
- ``runghc --ghc-arg=-fliberate-case``
Note that any non-flag arguments are never passed to GHC. An unused non-flag
argument will be considered as the name of the program to run. If a GHC flag
takes an argument use ``--ghc-arg=<arg>`` to pass the argument to GHC.
For example, if you want to pass ``-package foo`` to GHC use any of the
- ``runghc -package --ghc-arg=foo Main.hs``
- ``runghc --ghc-arg=-package --ghc-arg=foo Main.hs``
......@@ -107,6 +107,7 @@ printUsage = do
putStrLn ""
putStrLn "The runghc flags are"
putStrLn " -f /path/to/ghc Tell runghc where GHC is"
putStrLn " --ghc-arg=<arg> Pass an option or argument to GHC"
putStrLn " --help Print this usage information"
putStrLn " --version Print version number"
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