gaining access to the `ghc` group

Ben Gamari ben at
Mon Jan 27 19:46:28 UTC 2020

Richard Eisenberg <rae at> writes:

> Hi devs,
> I'm onboarding a new contributor (Gert-Jan Bottu), whose patch (!2465)
> makes commensurate changes in Haddock. In order to use CI, then, he
> needs to be able to push a wip/ branch to our fork of Haddock. In
> order to do that, he needs to be in the `ghc` group. (I'm assuming --
> but have not checked -- that just forking Haddock on the
> <> instance is not
> enough. The wiki page on submodules
> (
> suggests it is not.) That same wiki page says the one needs merely ask
> to join the `ghc` group. Good. So I follow the "ask" link to get to
> <>
> . That page helpfully describes where we can be reached, but it's not
> all that helpful for someone who wants to join the `ghc` group.
> According to that page, newcomers have to post publicly in either
> ghc-devs (I have never seen such a request there) or in #ghc. If I'm
> new in town, I wouldn't feel all that happy doing so, likely wanting
> to wait until I actually had a patch accepted before requesting
> rights.... but of course I need access to CI in order to get a patch
> accepted.
> Instead, would it be possible to have some sort of ghc-admin list,
> perhaps? While (I think) I know the individuals to contact for a
> request like this, an official mailing list would make this more
> transparent and, in my opinion, easier to onboard new contributors. I
> understand if folks don't want yet another mailing list, but then is
> here some other approach here that doesn't require posting in public?
Hi Richard,

Regarding requesting access to the `ghc` group, GitLab already provides
a mechanism for this: there is a "Request Access" link right below the
group title here [1]. This is admittedly a recent addition as I hadn't
noticed that the feature was disabled in the group configuration (the
link turns into a "Leave group" link if you are already a group member
so I hadn't noticed that the feature was inactive).

I have updated the instructions on the submodules wiki page to reflect
this new feature. Does this look better?


- Ben

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