[Haskell-cafe] Introducing Instances in GHC point releases

Neil Brown nccb2 at kent.ac.uk
Fri May 22 05:15:21 EDT 2009

Duncan Coutts wrote:
> What we're currently missing is a PVP checker: a tool to compare APIs of
> package versions and check that it is following the PVP. Ideally, we
> will have packages opt-in to follow the PVP for those packages that do
> opt-in we have the PVP enforced on hackage using the checker tool. Since
> the HP is almost certainly going to require packages to follow the PVP
> then this should eliminate this class of mistakes. But it does need the
> tool, and nobody is working on that at the moment.
Recently, I wanted to compare two branches of one of my libraries to see 
what API changes I had made.  My low-tech solution was to do a two-line 
hack on haddock so that it sorts the modules before generating Hoogle 
documentation, and then to compare (with diff) the two hoogle 
documentation files between the branches.  The Hoogle format just seems 
to be a list of definitions with types, classes and instances -- so it 
seems to fit the bill.

I imagine it's not foolproof, but perhaps this could be a quick fix, at 
least as a heuristic for a package maintainer ("hoogle-diff suggests you 
may have altered something, please check before continuing to upload")?



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