Tentative high-level plans for 7.10.1

George Colpitts george.colpitts at gmail.com
Wed Oct 8 00:34:50 UTC 2014

I agree a section show stoppers is a good idea, in parallel would it make
sense to use the priority "highest" for tickets that we consider

Austin did a great of explaining the difficulties of backporting fixes, my
reaction  is that we have to have higher quality releases so that ideally
we have 0 backports. Having a showstoppers section will help that but I
think we need to work harder at getting volunteers to write tests. For most
people that's not exciting but it is a good way to get started on helping
and would be an immense help in producing higher quality releases.

As Austin also pointed out things change rapidly, it's hard to keep up and
it's getting harder for people to get to the point where they feel they are
decent Haskell programmers. So in addition to testing it would be great if
we could get more people to document, i.e. write tutorials etc.

It is difficult to balance being a research language and being a viable
language for industrial use. FWIW, I personally feel that we side too much
on being a research language.

On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 5:12 AM, Simon Peyton Jones <simonpj at microsoft.com>

> Thanks for this debate.  (And thank you Austin for provoking it by
> articulating a medium term plan.)
> Our intent has always been that that the latest version on each branch is
> solid.  There have been one or two occasions when we have knowingly
> abandoned a dodgy release branch entirely, but not many.
> So I think the major trick we are missing is this:
>    We don't know what the show-stopping bugs on a branch are
> For example, here are three responses to Austin's message:
> |  The only potential issue here is that not a single 7.8 release will be
> |  able to bootstrap LLVM-only targets due to #9439. I'm not sure how
> | 8960 looks rather serious and potentially makes all of 7.8 a no-go
> | for some users.
> |  We continue to use 7.2, at least partly because all newer versions of
> |  ghc have had significant bugs that affect us
> That's not good. Austin's message said about 7.8.4 "No particular pressure
> on any outstanding bugs to release immediately". There are several dozen
> tickets queued up on 7.8.4 (see here
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Status/GHC-7.8.4), but 95% of them
> are "nice to have".
> So clearly the message is not getting through.
> My conclusion
>  * I think we (collectively!) should make a serious attempt to fix
> show-stopping
>    bugs on a major release branch.  (I agree that upgrading to the next
> major
>    release often simply brings in a new wave of bugs because of GHC's
>    rapid development culture.)
>  * We can only possibly do this if
>    a) we can distinguish "show-stopping" from "nice to have"
>    b) we get some help (thank you John Lato for implicitly offering)
> I would define a "show-stopping" bug as one that simply prevents you from
> using the release altogether, or imposes a very large cost at the user end.
> For mechanism I suggest this.  On the 7.8.4 status page (or in general, on
> the release branch page you want to influence), create a section "Show
> stoppers" with a list of the show-stopping bugs, including some
> English-language text saying who cares so much and why.  (Yes I know that
> it might be there in the ticket, but the impact is much greater if there is
> an explicit list of two or three personal statements up front.)
> Concerning 7.8.4 itself, I think we could review the decision to abandon
> it, in the light of new information.  We might, for example, fix
> show-stoppers, include fixes that are easy to apply, and not-include other
> fixes that are harder.
> Opinions?  I'm not making a ruling here!
> Simon
> |  -----Original Message-----
> |  From: ghc-devs [mailto:ghc-devs-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf Of Ben
> |  Gamari
> |  Sent: 04 October 2014 04:52
> |  To: Austin Seipp; ghc-devs at haskell.org
> |  Cc: Simon Marlow
> |  Subject: Re: Tentative high-level plans for 7.10.1
> |
> |  Austin Seipp <austin at well-typed.com> writes:
> |
> |  snip.
> |
> |  >
> |  > We do not believe we will ship a 7.8.4 at all, contrary to what you
> |  > may have seen on Trac - we never decided definitively, but there is
> |  > likely not enough time. Over the next few days, I will remove the
> |  > defunct 7.8.4 milestone, and re-triage the assigned tickets.
> |  >
> |  The only potential issue here is that not a single 7.8 release will be
> |  able to bootstrap LLVM-only targets due to #9439. I'm not sure how
> |  much of an issue this will be in practice but there should probably be
> |  some discussion with packagers to ensure that 7.8 is skipped on
> |  affected platforms lest users be stuck with no functional stage 0
> |  compiler.
> |
> |  Cheers,
> |
> |  - Ben
> _______________________________________________
> ghc-devs mailing list
> ghc-devs at haskell.org
> http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/ghc-devs
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/ghc-devs/attachments/20141007/18fe810f/attachment.html>

More information about the ghc-devs mailing list