Release plans

Nicolas Trangez nicolas at
Thu Mar 21 13:26:17 CET 2013

On Thu, 2013-03-21 at 12:16 +0000, Ian Lynagh wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21:25AM +0800, John Lato wrote:
> > 
> > What would be ideal would be if this "library API freeze" coincided with
> > the snapshot (odd-numbered) release.
> I was only thinking of about a 2 week period, and only on the stable
> branch. Freezing the library APIs in HEAD after a snapshot release would
> mean it wouldn't be possible to do anything that required a library API
> change for 6+ months, which I don't think would be the best solution.\

6+ months might indeed be long, but I think it would be useful to have
an "core library API freeze" some time before a new GHC release, in
order to allow (non-core) library maintainers to update their code to
work with the libs shipped with the then-upcoming GHC release, in order
to reduce the waiting period before users can actually use the new GHC
release (due to libs not compiling) becomes shorter.


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