hackage 2: alpha testing, testers wanted!

Lennart Kolmodin kolmodin at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 20:38:26 CEST 2013

2013/3/13 Duncan Coutts <duncan at well-typed.com>

> Hi folks,
> I believe we're ready for alpha testing for hackage 2. The
> server is up at:
> http://new-hackage.haskell.org/
> Key points:
>       * All the old data is imported (including docs)
>       * Uploading is enabled
>       * Live mirroring is also enabled
>       * Per-package maintainer groups are pre-populated
>       * Existing users should be able to log in (after a one-time
>         upgrade)
> I would like to invite everyone on this list to help out with the alpha
> testing and to report issues here on this list. Patches are even better.
> The server is up now so you'll get "instant patch gratification"tm if
> you chip in and fix things.
> In addition to any bugs you may discover, the server main page gives an
> overview of the features that are partially complete and could do with
> some love.
> When we're satisfied we'll move into beta testing and advertise more
> widely within the community (reddit etc).
> The doc builder is not set up yet, but the builder client code exists,
> just need to get that set up.
> In general the switch over plan remains that we run the two servers in
> parallel for long enough to sort out remaining issues (with help from
> the kind folks who volunteered as admins).
> Code and wiki
> =============
> The code is all still in darcs.
> darcs get http://code.haskell.org/hackage-server/
> The plan is to move it to github at some stage.
> The wiki content is still useful though starting to get a bit out of
> sync:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/wiki/HackageDB/2.0
> We had to turn off wiki editing for most users because of spammers. If
> you'd like to work on the wiki, let me know and I'll give your account
> permission to edit it. Note also that I think Ben Millwood is planning
> to move the content to github at some stage, though we can still make
> improvements to the content in the meantime.
> Hackage Admins
> ==============
> I believe the following people volunteered to be admins, at least for
> the alpha/beta testing period:
>       * Erik Hesselink
>       * Ben Millwood
>       * Johan Tibell
> If you folks (or anyone else who wants to volunteer) would like to
> confirm that then I'll add you to the admins group.
> User accounts
> =============
> Existing users should be fine. That process should now be fairly smooth
> (testing welcome!). For new users, they can sign up with email
> confirmation. An administrator is needed to add a user into the
> uploaders group. Currently there's not a lot you can do with an account
> if you're not in the uploaders group. That may change in future if we
> implement "social" features.

I tried to login with my username/pw, but failed.

Here's what I did:
I go to a package I've published and hit "edit package information" in the
Maintainers' corner.
It prompts me to login.
If I hit cancel, it shows No authorization provided.
If I type a random username/pw it keeps asking me.
If I type my actual username/pw it asks me several times, then my
webbrowser shows "This webpage is not available" (ie. not an error message
from hackage). At one point it showed me a page where I could upgrade my
account (and I haven't yet), but it does not show that page any more.
I tried several times, it repeatedly shows me "This webpage is not


> Hackage Trustees
> ================
> In addition to admins we have the "trustees" group. This should
> eventually be a rather useful job. The idea is that the trustees don't
> upload packages but look after the health of the package collection as a
> whole (or some subset they're interested in), a bit like distro
> maintainers. Currently they can only edit package tags and upload docs
> (e.g. if the doc builder fails) but the plan is for them (as well as
> maintainers) to be able to edit package metadata, in particular the
> constraints on dependencies. Once we get there, that'll be a rather
> important job. So I'm also looking for volunteers there, both to be
> trustees and to help finish implementing the metadata-editing feature.
> --
> Duncan Coutts, Haskell Consultant
> Well-Typed LLP, http://www.well-typed.com/
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