[Haskell-cafe] PRE-ANNOUNCE: cabal-debian (automatically debianize cabal packages)

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Fri Aug 22 05:50:21 EDT 2008

> On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 2:32 AM, David Bremner <bremner at unb.ca> wrote:
> >
> > At Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:52:00 -0400 (EDT),
> > Christopher Lane Hinson wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm not a DD, but I think uploading ~500 hackage packages to debian would
> >> be a bit of a no-no.  Debian packages are expected to have active
> >> maintainers both upstream and on the debian side, and to build without a
> >> hitch on ten different architectures, or they don't make it into stable
> >> and the DD responsible gets whined at.
> >
> > Fundamentally I think Lane is correct, but it is worth noting that the
> > debian perl team maintains 938 CPAN modules. The effort involved is
> > not trivial, but the number of consistently active people involved is
> > not so huge (maybe 5 core people, and lots of people who are
> > interested in one or two packages).
> >
> > Now, there are only 1217 registered installs of ghc6 on debian,
> > compared to 74000+ perl installs (essentially everyone installs perl I
> > guess), so it is not clear that the critical mass exists for a debian
> > perl style team.
> To add to this I suspect that there are more people involved in the
> perl team than there even are DDs with ghc6 installed, but maybe I'm
> just being negative.  Maybe the time is ripe for a Debian haskell
> team?  I know the idea has been floated before on the Debian Haskell
> list but I don't think it's ever gained any momentum.

And good integration will only serve to increase the number of users,
and build further critical mass.

It has to start somewhere people!

-- Don

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