Call for GHC Maintainers

Takenobu Tani takenobu.hs at
Tue Aug 11 08:45:51 UTC 2020


I always appreciate maintainers' hard works.

I'd like to support GHC releases and some tasks.
Is there anything that I could do?

My haskell time is limited to nights and weekends, so my works are slow.
(I can't access to haskell community in the day job...)


On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 11:10 AM Moritz Angermann
<moritz.angermann at> wrote:
> Hi there!
> As it stands right now, Ben is the one who works tirelessly trying to
> cut releases. Not just for the most recent version, but also for
> previous versions. Most recently 8.10.2, but we have 9.0 coming up as
> well.
> I know that there are some people who deeply care for personal or
> professional reasons for older releases, 8.4, 8.6, 8.8, ... Some of
> them have stacks of patches applied, or proprietary extensions. I'd
> argue that most of those applied patches are backports of bug fixes
> and rarely language features, as language features will break
> compatibility (due to ghc, base, and other library versions anyway).
> I would therefore like drum up a group of people who will take care
> (ideally 2+ per release) of backporting and making minor partch
> releases. This does not have to go on forever, but it would take much
> needed load off of Ben to focus on what ever happens in ghc HEAD.
> So what would this work actually look like? It would consist of
> - going through the list of MRs and tagging those which are relevant
> for backporting to a certain release.
> - backport MRs where the MR does not cleanly apply.
> - fixup any test-suite failures.
> - agree on a date to cut/make the release.
> This is not a permanent commitment. I hope we can attract more people
> to the ghc release managers.
> I'm looking forward to great many responses. And I'm sure Ben will be
> able to help mentor us through cutting the first releases. I'll
> volunteer to be part of the 8.6 branch maintainers for now.
> Cheers,
>  Moritz
> PS: There is a slightly related discussion about release cadence and
> versions and how other projects deal with this in this ticket:
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