[Haskell-cafe] Experiences with cabal-install and Hackage

Daniel Fischer daniel.is.fischer at web.de
Thu Jul 22 12:31:11 EDT 2010

On Thursday 22 July 2010 18:23:32, Stephen Tetley wrote:
> On 22 July 2010 16:56, Thomas DuBuisson <thomas.dubuisson at gmail.com> 
> > The hackage build logs can be misleading - many system specific
> > packages may or may not build on hackage because it just isn't the
> > right OS.  Still other packages require particular C libraries that
> > the hackage server doesn't have.  For these reasons the build reports
> > will come from end developer systems (see linked blog).
> Presumably you can only get false negatives - i.e. "correct" packages
> failing to build due to missing C libraries, or depending on Haskell
> libraries at different version numbers to the build server?
> >>> Isak Hansen:
> >>>
> >>> How about taking it one step further, actually "hiding" unmaintained
> >>> packages after a grace period?
> Hiding unmaintained libraries seems contrary to Hackage's spirit - if
> you want to depend on an unmaintained library why not volunteer to be
> the maintainer.

I think it was more meant to be

fails to build and not updated for (>= k months) ==> 
move to packages/notshiny

If it doesn't build and nobody seems to care about it anymore, why let it 
clutter the pkg-list, that's crowded enough even without zombies.

Of course, new release that builds ==> back to pkg-list

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