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Haskell is a purely-functional programming language.

Gentoo and Haskell

The most important part is that this overlay requires a specific unmasking procedure to prevent blockers.

Compiler and interpreter

  • The probably most important and up-to-date Haskell-implementation is the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). You can install it with:
root #emerge --ask dev-lang/ghc
The package also includes an interpreter called GHCI (except on the ARM-architecture).
  • Furthermore, there's Hugs, an (meanwhile (almost) out-dated) interpreter for Haskell98. You can install it with:
root #emerge --ask dev-lang/hugs98


With cabal you can package and build libraries and programs. Install it with:

root #emerge --ask dev-haskell/cabal-install

Updating Haskell packages


root #emerge -auvDN --keep-going @world

has trouble figuring out how to update Haskell packages. Providing emerge with the full list of dev-haskell packages that have upgrades available can sometimes help:

root #eix-update
root #emerge -av --oneshot --keep-going `eix --only-names --upgrade -C dev-haskell`
root #haskell-updater

Unless EAPI="6" is approved sometimes we have sub-slot blockers (when updating ghc or some specific package there are a list of blockers) this issue could be solved via running

root #haskell-updater -all -- dev-lang/ghc-7.6.2

Hoogle with local installation

The Hoogle ebuild is currently only available in the offical gentoo-haskell overlay. So add that first.

Remember to unmask the overlay packages as described in the overlay README
root #layman -a haskell

In order to get the an offline installation of all hoogle data, you need to enable the "doc", "hscolour" and "hoogle" USE flag.

root #echo "dev-haskell/* doc hoogle hscolour" >> /etc/portage/package.use

Enable the relevant USE flags for hoogle to store all data local, and emerge hoogle

root #echo "dev-haskell/hoogle fetchdb fetchdb-ghc localdb" >> /etc/portage/package.use
root #emerge --ask dev-haskell/hoogle

After emerging haskell packages, the hoogle database of the locally installed packages is updated by running:

root #hoogle-build-localdb


HLint checks and simplifies your haskell source code! Install it with:

root #layman -a haskell
root #emerge --ask dev-haskell/hlint

Editor plugins


Haskell Mode

The Haskell-Mode for (X)Emacs makes programming easier; install it with

root #emerge --ask app-emacs/haskell-mode

for GNU Emacs, or with

root #emerge --ask app-xemacs/haskell-mode

for XEmacs.

Then, you can configure it with M-x customize-group RET haskell RET.


The official gentoo haskell overlay provides an ebuild for ghc-mod, an extension of Haskell mode. Add the overlay with

root #layman -a haskell

Then, install the ebuild

root #emerge --ask app-emacs/ghc-mod

Haskell-Mode for Vim

There's also a Haskell-Mode for Vim.


For further information and individual help, visit #haskell or #gentoo-haskell on chat.freenode.net.