Mark Needham

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Haskell: Downloading the core library source code

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I’ve started playing around with Haskell again and since I’m doing so on a new machine I don’t have a copy of the language source code.

I wanted to rectify that situation but my Google fu was weak and it took me way too long to figure out how to get it so I thought I’d better document it for future me.

The easiest way is to clone the copy of the GHC repository on github:

git clone

Initially that doesn’t have any of the code for the core libraries but running the following command (which takes ages!) sorts it out:

cd ghc
./sync-all get

Noticing that the core libraries weren’t there initially I thought I must have done something wrong so I went to the documentation for the function that I wanted to see the source for – getAssocs.

From that page there is a link to the source for that function and a bit tweaking of the URL lets us know that this function is defined in the array package.

Most of the base packages are available from the Haskell darcs repository so I ended up cloning the ones I wanted in the time that it took for the sync-all script to run.

darcs get # gets most of the packages we'd be interested in
darcs get # gets the array package

Of course I could have just been patient and waited for the script to finish…

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Written by Mark Needham

December 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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