Ticket #3312 (closed bug: invalid)
no darcs and no VERSION file
Trying to port ghc to OpenBSD/sparc64 so that I can build darcs there so that I can use darcs, I got this tarball:
And then started following the instructions on http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building/Porting . The ./configure --enable-hc-boot step failed with:
configure: error: failed to detect version date: check that darcs is in your path
find . -name '*VERSION*' turned up no hits, so I guess that the VERSION file is being accidentally omitted from the tarball.