Ticket #3612 (closed bug: invalid)
Installing the binary tarball requires build tools (binutils, gcc, etc.)
When installing the binary tarball (e.g., http://www.haskell.org/ghc/dist/6.10.4/ghc-6.10.4-i386-unknown-linux-n.tar.bz2), you need to run ./configure && make install. However, configure does the full build-time set of checks, complaining about the lack of binutils, gcc, and whatnot.
I'm trying to build a small system which doesn't have any build tools, and I'd rather not install them just for satisfying configure :-)