The Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 4.00

We are pleased to announce a new release of the Glasgow Haskell
Compiler (GHC), version 4.00.  The source distribution is freely
available via the World-Wide Web and through anon. FTP; details below.

Haskell is "the" standard lazy functional programming language; the
current language version is 1.4, agreed in April, 1997.  Haskell
related information is available from the Haskell home page at

+ What's new

GHC 4.00 is the culmination of several months' work - we've rewritten
the entire runtime system and major chunks of the compiler.  There are
too many changes to mention here, so please take a look at the release

+ Mailing lists

We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, send
mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED]; the msg body should be:

    subscribe glasgow-haskell-<which> Your Name <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Please send bug reports about GHC to [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; GHC
users hang out on [EMAIL PROTECTED]

+ On-line GHC-related resources

Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:

GHC home page   
Haskell home page
Glasgow FP group page
comp.lang.functional FAQ

+ How to get it

The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be

Once you have the distribution, please follow the pointers in the
README file to find all of the documentation about this release.  NB:
preserve modification times when un-tarring the files (no `m' option
for tar, please)!

+ System requirements

To compile up this source-only release, you need a machine with 32+MB
memory, GNU C (`gcc'), `perl' plus a version of GHC installed (version
2.10 at least).  This release is known to work on the following platforms:

  * i386-unknown-{linux,solaris2,freebsd,cygwin32}
  * sparc-sun-{sunos4,solaris2}

Ports to the following platforms should be relatively easy, but
haven't been tested due to lack of time/hardware:

  * alpha-dec-osf{2,3}
  * hppa1.1-hp-hpux{9,10}
  * mips-sgi-irix{5,6}
  * {rs6000,powerpc}-ibm-aix

The installer's guide included in distribution gives a complete
run-down of what-ports-work; an on-line version can be found at

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