[arch-haskell] How to determine whether a package is in or out in [haskell]?

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Sat Nov 12 10:13:59 CET 2011

On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 07:07:26PM -0800, Leif Warner wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org>wrote:
>> Now we have 300+ packages in [haskell].  It's starting to be a large
>> set, and the time required to build when something changes is starting
>> to really be felt now. So I would like to start a discussion on how we
>> should decide what criteria to use when adding a package, and equally
>> important, what criteria to use when dropping a package.
>> My _impression_ is that additions have been a bit willy-nilly.  Guided
>> only by what the maintainers fancy at the moment.  I also don't think
>> that we've ever dropped a package, ever.
>> I feel it's important to me to know that the resources I put into
>> ArchHaskell is appreciated, and every added package increases the
>> resources required. I therefore would like to know that each and ever
>> package in [haskell] is there for a good reason.
>> I feel I need to bring this up because there are a few packages in
>> [haskell] that I suspect are there, but aren't widely used. To point
>> fingers, the chief reason is Agda :)  This is a package that has a
>> mere 13 votes in AUR, and it takes more than an hour to build it on my
>> laptop (about 70 minutes to be more precise). On each platform!
> FWIW, I could help out with builds these days, if need be.  My work
> equipment is a new 4-core (8 w/ HT) machine w/ 8 GB RAM + SSD drive.

It would be excellent if more people could work on keeping [haskell]
up-to-date :)

However, splitting updating the database and the building of packages
is likely to be a bit painful.  So far my experience is that updating
packages to a buildable state often requires a few iterations of
modifying patch files and attempting builds.  If each such iteration
requires communication it's likely to drag out quite a bit.  The ideal
would be a build server really.


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