[Haskell-cafe] Deprecated packages on Hackage?
ketil at malde.org
Tue Jun 9 03:50:31 EDT 2009
Erik de Castro Lopo <mle+hs at mega-nerd.com> writes:
> Finally, if a package is deprecated it might be usefult to have
> a reason as well so the hackage entry might say:
> Deprecated : true (replaced by package XXX)
> Deprecated : true (needs maintainer)
Or just Deprecated: (reason)?. Couldn't the presence of a Deprecated
field be sufficient - the "true" seems gratuitious to me.
One could also have something like Superseeds and Superseeded-by, of
course, if that turns out to be the usual reasons for deprecation.
And in a later post:
> Well there is at least one package (network-dns) where the maintainter
> doesn't want to maintain it any more but would be happy for someone
> else to take it over.
> It would be nice if something like this could be represented in the
> package metadata.
Absence of a "Maintainer" field? One problem is that the last
uploaded package is likely to have an active maintainer, and when the
maintainer disappears, he or she is unlikely to do a last update
changing the status.
Perhaps we could have automated emails to maintainers twice a year or
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