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GHC 8.10 and Stackage lts-18


The GHC Haskell compiler will be updated from major version 8.8 to 8.10, and Haskell packages will be updated from Stackage LTS 16 to LTS 18 versions.


Current status

Detailed Description

For Fedora 35, the GHC Haskell compiler will be updated from version 8.8.4 to the latest stable 8.10.5 release (rebasing from the ghc:8.10 module stream). Along with this, Haskell packages in Stackage (the stable Haskell source package distribution) will be updated from the versions in LTS 16 to latest LTS 18 release. Haskell packages not in Stackage will be updated to the latest appropriate version in the upstream Hackage package repository.


Benefit to Fedora

Fedora users will benefit from access to the latest stable Haskell compiler release, package tools, and current stable Haskell packages from Stackage LTS.

GHC 8.10 features performance improvements, new language extension features, and bugfixes (see the release notes linked in the Documentation section for more details).


  • Proposal owners:
    • rebase ghc to 8.10.5 [done]
    • update ghc-rpm-macros to the final version for F35 [done]
    • refresh packagings with the latest cabal-rpm release [done]
    • update packages to latest Stackage LTS 18.5 versions using cabal-rpm [done]
    • build all the packages in a Koji sidetag repo in dependency order [done]
    • When finished push all builds through Bodhi to Rawhide before the mass rebuild done
  • Release engineering: N/A
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Any dropped packages will have obsoletes added. Otherwise there should not be any direct upgrade impact.

Users' Haskell projects will get rebuilt with ghc-8.10 when they next build them and might need small tweaks.

How To Test

  • install ghc and cabal-install
  • install pandoc, ShellCheck, git-annex
  • install ghc-*-devel or ghc-*-prof or ghc-*-doc
  • cabal-rpm builddep <favouritepackage>; cabal install <favouritepackage>
  • test upgrades of F34 Haskell packages to F35

User Experience

Users will have the most recent stable major version of ghc and Haskell libraries and tools available to them. This makes it easier to build the latest versions of Haskell projects.

In particular cabal-install will be updated from 3.0 to 3.2 and stack from 2.3 to 2.7.


Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?)
    • Change owner will drop the new builds and revert back to the versions in F34.
  • Contingency deadline: Beta Freeze


Release Notes