2.2. Version 9.2.2¶
The significant changes to the various parts of the compiler are listed in the following sections.
LLVM backend of this release is to be used with LLVM
9, 10, 11, or 12.
- Numerous improvements in compiler performance.
- A fix for GHC’s handling of the XDG Base Directory Specification
(#6077, #20684, #20669,
- For the package database previously in ~/.ghc/<arch-ver>, we will continue to use the old path if it exists. For example, if the ~/.ghc/x86_64-linux-9.4.1 directory exists, GHC will use that for its user package database. If this directory does not exist, we will use $XDG_DATA_HOME/ghc/x86_64-linux-9.4.1. This is in order to give tooling like cabal time to migrate
- For GHCi configuration files previously located in ~/.ghc/ like ghci.conf and ghci_history, we will first check if they exist in ~/.ghc and use those if they do. However, we will create new files like ghci_history only in $XDG_DATA_HOME/ghc. So if you don’t have a previous GHC installation which created ~/.ghc/ghci_history, the history file will be written to $XDG_DATA_HOME/ghc. If you already have an older GHC installation which wrote ~/.ghc/ghci_history, then GHC will continue to write the history to that file.
- Fix bug in CPR analysis’s treatment of join points which may result in runtime crashes (#18824).
- Link against
libatomicfor atomic operations on platforms where this is necessary (#19119).
- Fix bootstrapping of compiler with GHC 9.2 and later (#19631)
- Silence non-actionable warnings regarding missed specialisations of class methods (#19592).
- Fix a race condition in the registration of ticky-ticky profiling counters, potentially resulting in hangs when ticky-ticky is used in a threaded application (#20451).
- Introduce a flag,
-Wunicode-bidirectional-format-characters, to warn if Unicode bidirectional formatting are found in Haskell source files.
- Improve the pattern match checker’s handling of unlifted data types, eliminating spurious warnings from impossible branches (#20631).
- Fix a compiler crash due to incorrect in-scope set (#20639)
- Don’t use implicit lifting when deriving a
Liftinstances, fixing #20688.
- Unbox unlifted datatypes fields (#20663).
- Introduce a flag,
-fcheck-prim-bounds, which adds dynamic bounds checks in the code generated for array primops (#20769).
- Ensure that the
indexWord8ArrayAs<Type>#family of array primops are lowered correctly on platforms which do not support unaligned memory access (#21015, #20987).
- Fix a potential bug where common-block elimination may common-up incompatible load operations (#21016)
- Eliminate the
ghclibrary’s dependence on
-fcompact-unwind, enabling the generation of compact unwinding information on Apple Darwin targets (#11829).
- Fix a bug where some exception closures could be inappropriately garbage collected, resulting in crashes (#21141)
- Fix a variety of bugs in the AArch64 code generator’s handling of sub-word-size values (#19993, #20637, #20638).
- Fix bug in handling of GHC environment files which lead to unintentional resetting of GHCi’s package state (#19650)
2.2.3. Core libraries¶
- Fix a few bugs in WinIO which might result in heap corruption (#21048).
- Fix an interaction between WinIO and deadlock detection, resulting in programs potentially hanging in IO (#18382)
CTYPEpragmas to all foreign type wrappers (e.g.
Foreign.C.Types), ensuring that correct signatures are generated for
capiforeign imports (#15531).
- Fix incorrect implementation of
stmto release 184.108.40.206 (#20575)
- Avoid using Apple Darwin’s broken one-shot kqueue implementation (#20662)
2.2.4. Build system and packaging¶
2.2.5. Runtime system¶
- Teach runtime linker to resolve special
iconv_symbols on FreeBSD (#20354)
- Fix garbage collector statistics produced when run
- Fix the reporting of elapsed GC time when using the
non-moving garbage collector. (#20751)
- Fix a bug where the memory-mapping base address was not updated after creating a mapping, resulting in linking failures (#20734)
- Eliminate a case in the linker which would result in memory mappings that were simultaneously writable and executable (#20814).
environin the runtime system’s symbol table, ensuring that environment is correctly propagated to loaded objects (#20861 and related tickets)
- Introduce a new flag,
--null-eventlog-writer, allowing the eventlog to be enabled while suppressing the usual
.eventlogfile output. This can be useful when running programs with a custom eventlog writer.
2.2.6. Included libraries¶
The package database provided with this distribution also contains a number of packages other than GHC itself. See the changelogs provided with these packages for further change information.
|Package||Version||Reason for inclusion|
|ghc||9.2.2||The compiler itself|
|ghc-boot-th||9.2.2||Internal compiler library|
|ghc-boot||9.2.2||Internal compiler library|
|ghc-heap||9.2.2||GHC heap-walking library|
|ghci||9.2.2||The REPL interface|
|libiserv||9.2.2||Internal compiler library|