Missing macOS libiconv.dylib Breaks ghc Bootstrap

Joshua Root jmr at macports.org
Sun Aug 28 18:57:49 UTC 2022

On 2022-8-29 04:42 , Steven Smith wrote:
> Re: https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/-/issues/22118 
> <https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/-/issues/22118>
> I'm self-bootstrapping ghc 9.4.2 using hadrian for deployment on MacPorts.
> Running hadrian -f binary-dist throws this error:
>> :info:build "_iconv_close", referenced from:
>> :info:build _hs_iconv_close in libHSbase-
>> :info:build (maybe you meant: _hs_iconv_close)
>> :info:build "_iconv", referenced from:
>> :info:build _hs_iconv in libHSbase-
> The archive file libHSbase- in the ghc install uses the 
> undefined symbol _iconv_close; however, macOS 12.5.1 no longer appears 
> to provide a system libiconv:
>> ls /usr/lib/libiconv*
>> ls: /usr/lib/libiconv*: No such file or directory
> And port iconv provides the _libiconv_open symbol, not 
> the _iconv_open symbol.
> Is anyone aware of a solution to a missing libconv.dylib on recent macOS?

It's not actually missing, it just doesn't exist as a file in the 
filesystem. All OS-supplied libraries now exist only in the shared dyld 
cache. (The SDK, as you discovered, contains text-based stubs with just 
enough information about exported symbols and whatnot to allow linking.)

That does mean that all build systems that check for the existence of a 
.dylib file to see if a library is available are broken. If checking is 
really necessary, they need to check if they can link with the library 

For deployment in MacPorts though, you probably want to be using the 
libiconv port anyway?

- Josh

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