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    TH: support raw bytes literals (#14741) · 224a6b86
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    GHC represents String literals as ByteString internally for efficiency
    reasons. However, until now it wasn't possible to efficiently create
    large string literals with TH (e.g. to embed a file in a binary, cf #14741):
    TH code had to unpack the bytes into a [Word8] that GHC then had to re-pack
    into a ByteString.
    
    This patch adds the possibility to efficiently create a "string" literal
    from raw bytes. We get the following compile times for different sizes
    of TH created literals:
    
    || Size || Before || After  || Gain ||
    || 30K  || 2.307s || 2.299  || 0%   ||
    || 3M   || 3.073s || 2.400s || 21%  ||
    || 30M  || 8.517s || 3.390s || 60%  ||
    
    Ticket #14741 can be fixed if the original code uses this new TH feature.
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