7.8 Release Update

Austin Seipp austin at well-typed.com
Mon Sep 16 18:02:08 CEST 2013

Oh, and of course, Edsko and Luite have made the final changes to
their hooks patch, and as far as I can tell, all our potential users
are quite happy! I've already given them an exception as well. I
expect I will merge it in the next day or two, after another code

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM, Austin Seipp <austin at well-typed.com> wrote:
> Friends,
> The time is here! We'll be closing off new features this week. There
> are some exceptions that have been made already:
>  * Geoffrey will get SIMD/Template Haskell in this week, as he's been
> a little busy. But it's very close.
>  * I believe Trevor and Iavor would still like to get Kinds without
> Data in the release, but Simon is currently on leave for the next few
> days, so we'll see once he gets back to look into it.
> There are some other lingering potential features that might make it
> (of various sizes,) but it's not clear they will be done in time.
> We'll be going on a case-by-case basis as I said. Do you have a
> feature you'd like to see make it in? Did you write a patch for some
> super cool feature? Please email me (either on list, or off-list) and
> we can discuss it.
> Again, today isn't a hard-line requirement, but at this point, I
> *have* to be aware of what you're doing, for you to have any chance of
> making the merge window. Several people have already done this, and
> we're discussing it.
> If you have a patch, but you're in doubt if it is too big, just email
> me. Or get ahold of me on IRC (thoughtpolice.) You can't really waste
> my time on this note.
> And of course, please continue to liberally report bugs (or patches!)
> - it's much better if we find them as early as possible.
> On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM, Austin Seipp <aseipp at pobox.com> wrote:
>> Friends,
>> After talking with SPJ, we've decided that the cutoff date for the 7.8
>> feature window will essentially start on Monday, the 16th. This is the
>> beginning of the week before ICFP. This is a week from tomorrow.
>> Afterwords, I suspect we will cut the 7.8 branch in early October (my
>> notes tentatively say Oct. 9th.) This will give us a few weeks of
>> straight bugfixing.
>> Don't let this scare you too much. We're doing this at the beginning
>> of the week so we have time to sort things out. Bug fixes will of
>> course continuously be welcome until the 7.8 branch.
>> However, for pending features, I'd like a status update. Everyone
>> mentioned below, please reply to clarify anything:
>>  * Iavor Diatchki and SPJ are working together on the type-nats-simple
>> branch. I believe this will hopefully land in time. Iavor, SPJ - can
>> you comment here?
>>  * Trevor and Iavor are also working on kinds without data. Any word here?
>>  * Geoffrey is currently moving, but he says the SIMD work and new
>> template-haskell work will land by the end of this week, which is
>> great.
>>  * Patrick Palka has a few loose ends to tie off for the parallel
>> compilation driver. I talked to him today, and after Andreas committed
>> his bugfix to base, I believe everything is now working, with the
>> deadlocks sorted out. Patrick, can you confirm? We can get this merged
>> ASAP if so.
>>  * Pedro and Richard - what's the story on propositional equality,
>> etc? This is mentioned on the status page[1] but I'm not sure what
>> else needs to be done. I know Pedro committed the work to make manual
>> Typeable instances an error, which is great.
>>  * Luite and Edsko will be talking about some final changes to the
>> hooks patch, and afterwords it can hopefully be integrated. I'll keep
>> up with them this week.
>>  * I am currently working on integrating the Applicative-Monad
>> warning, but this requires some upstream patches for the build to
>> work. However, we still need to sync several upstream libraries, and
>> this will be happening over the next few weeks. Therefore, I may
>> commit it, and incrementally fix validation errors as time goes on and
>> me and Herbert sync upstreams.
>> IMO, most of these look to be in good shape, I think.
>> If you *do not think you'll make it by the 16th*, please let me know.
>> We can possibly still land it the week of the 16th, provided I know
>> ASAP. But we really really need to know, because many people will be
>> gone the following week.
>> In the following few days, I'm hoping going to finish off everything I
>> can in the patch queue, and fix my remaining bugs, and investigate
>> Dynamic GHCi in particular.
>> Again, if you don't think you can make it on the 16th, but still
>> within the week, we can of discuss it.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Austin - PGP: 4096R/0x91384671
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