[Haskell-cafe] Hackage or Where to Host Haskell projects, and simple darcsforge description was Re: Making Haskell more open

Manuel M T Chakravarty chak at cse.unsw.edu.au
Wed Nov 16 19:49:53 EST 2005

Shae Matijs Erisson:
> I have a simple plan for a darcsforge as well:
> If Cabal includes a darcs-repository field, developers will be able to upload
> their project.cabal file to Hackage or to a darcsforge server.
> That server will run darcs pull on the repositories once a night or so.
> The developers can include an index.html in their repo that points to a doc/
> subdirectory, or is the entire docs and description for simple projects.
> That way a single site can host the equivalent of cvs and webspace for darcs.
> That site could do http://host/projectname urls for each project.
> This is roughly a darcs equivalent to RSS aggregators. It does require that
> developers have a publically accessible repo, but anyone can get space from
> geocities or angelfire for that.
> Advantages of this include:
> * easy indexing and searching of projects and sources
> * easy references to other darcs/cabal projects
> * host needs nearly zero admin effort, notably zero user accounts required.
> Disadvantages are:
> * no bug tracker
> * no mailing lists
> Though maybe those could have darcs backends also?

I think darcsforge is an excellent idea, but why not complement it by a
combined wiki/ticket tracker at haskell.org?  Then, the disadvantages
would go away.  


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