Instructions for compiling Kaya

Preparing to compile Kaya

To compile Kaya, you will need the following programs and libraries.

  • The usual set of development tools – make, g++, etc.
  • The Glasgow Haskell Compiler (ghc), version 5.0.4 or later.
  • The happy parser generator.
  • A C++ compiler (g++, the GNU C compiler, is the only one we’ve tested)
  • Shared libraries and development headers for
    • libgc
    • zlib
    • libgcrypt
    • libpcre (if at all possible, use a version > 5.0 with UTF-8 support enabled)
    • libgnutls (strictly, this is not essential, but unless it won’t compile on your platform, you should use it)
  • On Windows only, libintl-2.dll and its dependencies from the GNUwin32 project.

Other optional libraries may also be built if you have the dependencies available. See the page for each optional library for more information.

See the page for your operating system for more information on obtaining those libraries (if your OS isn’t listed, then ask on the mailing list for help – and we’ll be very grateful for a description of the compiling process on that OS!)

Compiling Kaya

Go to the Kaya source directory and type:

  • ./configureThis will hopefully prepare Kaya to be compiled. If you’re missing a required library or program, you’ll get a warning at this stage. By default, Kaya will be installed into ~/bin and ~/lib – if you want to change this, then use the --prefix option (for example --prefix=/usr/local.
  • makeThis should compile Kaya, hopefully without any trouble. If something goes wrong at this stage, please ask on the mailing list, and we’ll help you sort it out.
  • make testA quick set of tests that Kaya is working as it should.
  • make installInstalls Kaya. You should now be able to compile Kaya source code using kayac program.k.

Supported hardware and operating systems

Kaya has been compiled successfully at least once on the following architectures and Operating Systems. It should in theory compile on any system you can satisfy the dependencies for – we certainly want it to, so descriptions of where it fails are very much appreciated.

Hardware architectures

  • AMD/Intel 32 or 64 bit PC
  • Alpha
  • Arm RISC
  • Intel/PowerPC Apple Mac
  • Mips and Mipsel
  • Motorola 68000
  • IBM S390
  • Sun Sparc

Operating Systems

Compilation on Windows XP via Cygwin is not supported as Cygwin’s support for wide characters is insufficient. We’ve not been able to test with the Microsoft C compiler yet, but it should work in theory – if you try it, please let us know how you get on.

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