The hmake-config utility

Viewing the compiler database
Updating the compiler database

Hmake-config is a small utility for managing your hmake compiler database. It can show a summary of which compilers are known, or it can update the database (held in an hmakerc file) by adding or deleting knowledge about a particular Haskell compiler, or changing the default compiler.


The basic option summary is:

    Usage: hmake-config [cfgfile] list
           hmake-config [cfgfile] [add|delete|default] compiler
The cfgfile holds the database of known compilers. The specification of a cfgfile is optional - if it is not given, the file $HOME/.hmakerc/$MACHINE is assumed. (If you use a non-standard location for the hmakerc file, you will also need to tell hmake where it is on every invocation.) If the config file does not yet exist, it is created by copying the system-wide configuration from your machine's installation of hmake. (Usually in /usr/local/lib/$MACHINE/hmakerc, where $MACHINE is the machine architecture as reported by `harch`, not the actual machine name.)

Viewing the compiler database

All compilers known by hmake are listed, one per line. The default compiler is also shown.

For instance:

    $ hmake-config list
    Config file is:
    Known compilers:
        nhc98	(v1.14)
        hbc	(0.9999.5b,)
        ghc-4.08.2	(4.08.2)
        ghc-5.02.2	(5.02.2)
        ghc	(5.02.2)
        /usr/local/bin/nhc98	(v1.14)
        /usr/local/bin/hbc	(0.9999.5b,)
        /usr/local/bin/ghc	(5.02.2)
    Default compiler:

The hmakerc file manipulated by hmake-config is written in plain text, as a structured Haskell value. You are free to read it, and edit it by hand if you wish. Be aware however that a later use of hmake-config with the action add may override any changes you make.

Updating the compiler database

One of the actions add, delete, or default is applied to the compiler given on the commandline. (If no action is given, add is assumed.) The compiler can be specified either as a simple name which resolves to an executable command name via the normal $PATH mechanism, or as an absolute pathname to the compiler (these are treated as different database entries).

The specified compiler is probed for various pieces of information, including its version, and the paths to directories holding interface files for standard libraries. If everything is OK, that compiler's configuration is added to the hmakerc file, or if it was already known, the configuration is updated.
delete All configuration information for the specified compiler is removed from the hmakerc file.
default Provided the specified compiler is already known in the hmakerc file, it is made the default compiler. If it is not known, the default remains unchanged and an error is reported.


To support users who may have access to heterogeneous machines on a network with a shared filespace, there is a separate hmakerc file for each machine architecture they use. This is very important to avoid conflicts between versions of compilers.

It is difficult to detect the exact directories in which hbc expects to find interface files for standard libraries. Thus hmake-config relies on the environment variables HBCDIR or LMLDIR for the correct location.

The latest updates to this software are available on the WWW from (

Information last updated: 2002-08-09
York Functional Programming Group