In my endeavor to statically compile the Elm compiler with a musl-based GHC I first had to cross-compile the latter since my system (Ubuntu 16.04) is glibc-based. This post describes how I did that. Most of it is inspired by other guides.
This post assumes that a cross-compiled toolchain can be found at
$HOME/x-tools/x86_64-unknown-linux-musl/ and has been added to
crosstools-ng 1.22.0 has been used for this post). Instructions on how to
crosstools-ng can be found in this post.
$ export PATH=$HOME/x-tools/x86_64-unknown-linux-musl/bin:$PATH
Now we’re ready to download the GHC source (and check its integrity by verifying its signature).
$ wget http://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/7.10.3/ghc-7.10.3b-src.tar.bz2 $ wget http://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/7.10.3/ghc-7.10.3b-src.tar.bz2.sig $ gpg --search-keys 97DB64AD $ gpg --verify ghc-7.10.3b-src.tar.bz2.sig
We extract the source code and configure it to use our cross-compiling
toolchain. Since the toolchain has been added to
$PATH it can be found by
configure automatically. To not interfere with our host system we set the
/opt/ghc (where the binaries will later be installed to).
$ tar xf ghc-7.10.3b-src.tar.bz2 $ cd ghc-7.10.3/ $ ./configure --target=x86_64-unknown-linux-musl --prefix=/opt/ghc
We then copy the sample configuration and adapt it to out needs.
$ cp mk/build.mk.sample mk/build.mk $ sed --in-place 's/#BuildFlavour = quick$/BuildFlavour = quick/' mk/build.mk
We don’t want our build to depend on GMP.
$ echo "INTEGER_LIBRARY = integer-simple" >> mk/build.mk
If we now tried to compile GHC we would run into all sorts of compiler and
linker errors because of
ncurses. We have two options: We can either get GHC
to compile with
ncurses by fixing the errors or we can circumvent them by
not depending on
ncurses. We take the latter choice and remove all
dependencies on Haskell’s
terminfo package from our build configuration (as
is done here and here).
$ sed --in-place s/terminfo// ghc.mk $ sed --in-place s/^.*terminfo// utils/ghc-pkg/ghc-pkg.cabal $ sed --in-place s/unix,/unix/ utils/ghc-pkg/ghc-pkg.cabal
$ echo "utils/ghc-pkg_HC_OPTS += -DBOOTSTRAPPING" >> mk/build.mk
Now we’re finally ready to start the compilation and install the resulting binaries.
$ make -j 8 $ make install
/opt/ghc now contains a GHC compiler that won’t run on our glibc-based host
system. It will, however, run on a musl-based system.