[Haskell-cafe] Re: Request for Changelogs

John MacFarlane jgm at berkeley.edu
Sun Aug 9 16:27:45 EDT 2009

Agreed!  I put in a request for this about a year ago:
There is a bit of follow-up discussion there.


+++ Joachim Breitner [Aug 06 09 16:27 ]:
> Hi,
> (this is mostly a rant, but hopefully a constructive one)
> the Haskell/cabal/hackage eco system is pretty great, as we all know.
> But there is one huge gaping omission there: Changelogs!
> I’m involved in packaging Haskell stuff for Debian. Now, the Debian
> tools we have for that tell me „Hlint has a new version, 1.6.5, which is
> newer than the one you packages, 1.6.4.
> Huh, nice. What has changed? Is it relevant for Debian? Is it worth a
> new upload? There is no easy way to find out:
> http://hackage.haskell.org/package/hlint lists no changes
> http://community.haskell.org/~ndm/hlint/ lists no changes
> 	(and not every package has a homepage)
> http://community.haskell.org/~ndm/darcs/hlint/ contains on Changes file
> 	(and not every package has a (linked) darcs repository)
> http://community.haskell.org/~ndm/darcs/hlint/ also has no web frontend.
> Which leaves me with the option of getting the darcs repo and looking
> through "darcs changes". If I know of a repository for the package.
> So please, package authors, put Changes files in your packages and keep
> the current for now.
> And cabal/hackage guys: Llease introduce a standard Changes format for
> cabal packages so that http://hackage.haskell.org/package/hlint readily
> lists (or links to) changes.
> Thanks,
> Joachim
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