[Haskell-cafe] Hackage feature request: E-mail author when a package breaks

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 11:31:17 CET 2011

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 06:14, Ketil Malde <ketil at malde.org> wrote:

> Max Bolingbroke <batterseapower at hotmail.com> writes:
> >> This is where it stranded the last time, IIRC.  That sentiment makes me
> >> a bit uneasy; so you are the official maintainer of a package on
> >> Hackage, but you do not want to hear about it when it fails to compile?
> > Don't forget that some packages fail to compile on Hackage even though
> > they work fine, because e.g. they depend on a third-party C library
> > that is not installed, or depend on some other package that Hackage
> > cannot build.
> True, in that case, it's harder to avoid getting one email every time
> you upload a new version.  We should still strive to have stuff build on
> Hackage (e.g. installing C libs or fixing the ohter packages); if the
> build fails for one of these reasons, you never know if it fails for
> other reasons as well.

Instead of immediately sending mail, a daily process should pull up the
most recent status for each package, grouped by maintainer, and send all
the failures in a single daily message.  Perhaps monthly this could be
expanded to also report for the successful packages.

brandon s allbery                                      allbery.b at gmail.com
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