Commit 2510d69d authored by simonpj's avatar simonpj
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[project @ 2001-07-16 11:43:17 by simonpj]

Add docs re installed file layout
parent bec2f89b
......@@ -15,10 +15,19 @@ Haskell, so binary distributions allow you to install them without
having a Haskell compiler.)
<Para>This guide is in two parts: installing on Unix-a-likes, and installing on Windows.</Para>
<Para>This guide is in several parts:</para>
<listitem> Installing on Unix-a-likes (<Xref LinkEnd="sec-unix-a-likes">). </listitem>
<listitem> Installing on Windows (<Xref LinkEnd="sec-install-windows">). </listitem>
<listitem> The layout of installed files (<Xref LinkEnd="sec-install-files">).
You don't need to know this to install GHC,
but it's useful if you are changing the implementation. </listitem>
<listitem> Installing or building the documentation (<Xref LinkEnd="building-docs">). </listitem>
<Sect1><Title>Installing on Unix-a-likes</Title>
<Sect1 id="sec-unix-a-likes"><Title>Installing on Unix-a-likes</Title>
<title>When a platform-specific package is available</title>
......@@ -659,6 +668,171 @@ unfortunately. Anyway, better to install 4.08 binaries and use those.
<Sect1 id="sec-install-files><Title>The layout of installed files</Title>
This section describes what files get installed where. You don't need to know it
if you are simply installing GHC, but it is vital information if you are changing
the implementation.
<para> GHC is installed in two directory trees:</para>
<term>Binary directory</term>
<listitem> known as <Filename>$(bindir)</Filename>, holds executables that
the user is expected to invoke. Notably,
<Filename>ghc</Filename> and <Filename>ghci</FileName>. On Unix, this directory
is typically something like <Filename>/usr/local/bin</Filename>. On Windows,
however, this directory is always <Filename>$(libdir)/bin</Filename>.
<term>Library directory,</term>
<listitem> known as <Filename>$(libdir)</Filename>, holds all the
support files needed to run GHC. On Unix, this
directory is usually something like <Filename>/usr/lib/ghc/ghc-5.02</Filename>.
When GHC runs, it must know where its library directory is.
It finds this out in one of two ways:
<Filename>$(libdir)</Filename> is passed to GHC using the <option>-B</option> flag.
On Unix (but not Windows), the installed <filename>ghc</filename> is just a one-line
shell script that invokes the real GHC, passing a suitable <option>-B</option> flag.
[All the user-supplied flags
follow, and a later <option>-B</option> flag overrides an earlier one, so a user-supplied
one wins.]
On Windows (but not Unix), if no <option>-B</option> flag is given, GHC uses a system
call to find the directory in which the running GHC executable lives, and derives
<Filename>$(libdir)</Filename> from that. [Unix lacks such a system call.]
<sect2> <title>Layout of the library directory</title>
The layout of the library directory is almost identical on Windows and Unix,
as follows:
package.conf GHC package configuration
bin/ [Win32 only] User-visible binaries
extra-bin/ Support binaries
unlit Remove literate markup
touch.exe [Win32 only]
perl.exe [Win32 only]
gcc.exe [Win32 only]
ghc [Unix only]
ghc-split Asm code splitter
ghc-asm Asm code mangler
gcc-lib/ [Win32 only] Support files for gcc
specs gcc configuration
cpp0.exe gcc support binaries
crt0.o Standard
..etc.. binaries
libmingw32.a Standard
..etc.. libraries
include/*.h Include files
imports/ GHC interface files
std/*.hi 'std' library
lang/*.hi 'lang' library
include/ C header files
StgMacros.h GHC-specific
..etc... header files
mingw/*.h Mingwin header files
libHSrts.a GHC library archives
HSstd1.o GHC library linkables
HSstd2.o (used by ghci, which does
HSlang.o not grok .a files yet)
<para>Note that:</para>
<para>On Win32, the <filename>$(libdir)/bin</filename> directory contains user-visible binaries;
add it to you <filename>PATH</filename>. The <filename>ghci</filename> executable is a <filename>.bat</filename>
file which invokes <filename>ghc</filename>. </para>
<para>The GHC executable is the Real Thing (no intervening
shell scripts or <filename>.bat</filename> files).
Reason: we sometimes invoke GHC with very long command lines,
and <filename>.bat</filename> truncate them. [We assume people won't invoke ghci with very long
command lines.]</para>
<para>On Unix, the user-invokable <filename>ghc</filename> invokes <filename>$(libdir)/extra-bin/ghc</filename>,
passing a suitable <option>-B</option> flag.
<para> <filename>$(libdir)/extra-bin/</filename> contains support binaries. These
are <emphasis>not</emphasis> expected to be on the user's <filename>PATH</filename>, but
and are invoked directly by GHC. In the Makefile system, this directory is called
<filename>$(libexecdir)</filename>, but <emphasis>you aren't free to change it</emphasis>. It must
be <filename>$(libdir)/extra-bin/</filename>.
<para> We distribute <filename>gcc</filename> with the Win32 distribution of GHC, so that users
don't need to install <filename>gcc</filename>, nor need to care about which version it is.
All <filename>gcc</filename>'s support files are kept in <filename>$(libdir)/gcc-lib/</filename>.
<para> Similarly, we distribute <filename>perl</filename> and <filename>touch</filename>
with the Win32 distribution of GHC. </para>
<listitem> <para> The support programs <filename>ghc-split</filename> and <filename>ghc-asm</filename>
are Perl scripts. The first line says <literal>#!/bin/perl</literal>; on Unix, the script is
indeed invoked as a shell script, which invokes Perl; on Windows, GHC invokes
which treats the <literal>#!/bin/perl</literal> as a comment. Reason: on Windows we want
to invoke the Perl distributed with GHC, rather than assume some installed one.
<Sect1 id="building-docs">
<Title>Building the documentation</Title>
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