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

Diego Souza dsouza at bitforest.org
Wed Nov 2 02:08:38 CET 2011

The perl community has something really interesting for quite long time:

Or more specifically:

The idea is simple: there are many different platforms that would be
to expensive for one to support. So they ask the community for help,
and then distribute the load amongst the perl community.

It servers for testing modules and also perl distribution itself.

It may work better for this purpose than relying on a single
centralized platform, namely Hackage.


At Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:08:22 +1000,
Gregory Crosswhite wrote:
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> Hey everyone,
> I have uploaded a number of small packages to Hackage that I no longer actively use so that I don't find out immediately when a new version of GHC has broken them.  Since Hackage is going to the trouble of finding out when a package no longer builds anyway, could it have a feature where when a working package breaks with a new version of GHC the author is automatically e-mailed?  This would make me (and probably others) a lot more likely to notice and proactively fix broken packages.  (Heck, I wouldn't even necessarily mind being nagged about it from time to time.  :-) )
> Cheers,
> Greg
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