gtk2hsC2hs(1) C->Haskell Interface Generator


gtk2hsC2hs [OPTIONS]... [ header-file ] binding-file


This manual page briefly describes the gtk2hsC2hs command. It's a modified version of the c2hs(1) command, which is a helper program necessary to build the Gtk2Hs suite of libraries.


The programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options are included below. For a complete description, see the other documentation.

gtk2hsC2hs accepts the following options:

-h, -?, --help
brief help
-v, --version
show version information
-c CPP, --cpp=CPP
use executable CPP to invoke C preprocessor
pass CPPOPTS to the C preprocessor
-o FILE, --output=FILE
output result to FILE (should end in .hs)
-t PATH, --output-dir=PATH
place generated files in PATH
-p  PLATFORM, --platform=PLATFORM
platform to use for cross compilation
-k, --keep
keep pre-processed C header
-l  NAME, --lock=NAME
wrap each foreign call with the function NAME
-d TYPE, --dump=TYPE
dump internal information (for debugging), where TYPE is one of:
trace compiler phases
trace binding generation
trace C declaration traversal
dump the binding file (adds .dump to the name)

header-file is the header file belonging to the marshalled library. It must end with suffix .h.

binding-file is the corresponding Haskell binding file, which must end with suffix .chs.

PLATFORM The platform name can be one of: x86_64-linux. i686-linux. m68k-palmos. This allows for cross-compilation, assuming the rest of your toolchain supports that. The default is the current host platform.

The most useful of these options is probably --cppopts (or -C). If the C header file needs any special options (like -D or -I) to go through the C pre-processor, here is the place to pass them.


When used directly, gtk2hsC2hs is usually called as:

gtk2hsC2hs lib.h Lib.chs

where lib.h is the header file and Lib.chs the Haskell binding module, which define the C- and Haskell-side interface, respectively. If no errors occur, the result is a pure Haskell module Lib.hs, which implements the Haskell API of the library.

A more advanced call may look like this:

gtk2hsC2hs --cppopts=-I/some/obscure/dir --cppopts=-DEXTRA lib.h Lib.chs

Often, lib.h will not be in the current directory, but in one of the header file directories. Apart from the current directory, C->Haskell looks in two places for the header: first, in the standard include directory of the used system, this is usually /usr/include and /usr/local/include; and second, it will look in every directory that is mentioned in a -IDIR option passed to the pre-processor via --cppopts.


If you have more than one option that you want to give to the pre-processor, use multiple --cppopts= flags.


Please report bugs and feature requests in the Gtk2Hs trac

or to the Gtk2Hs mailing list [email protected]


C->Haskell Compiler, version 0.13.4 (gtk2hs branch) Copyright (c) [1999..2004] Manuel M T Chakravarty <[email protected]>


This page was addapted from the c2hs(1) manpage, by Marco Túlio Gontijo e Silva <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others), which was mainly assembled from the original documentation of c2hs.

The c2hs(1) was written by Michael Weber <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).