[Haskell-cafe] Correspondence between libraries and modules

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Wed May 23 13:24:35 CEST 2012

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM, Gregg Lebovitz <glebovitz at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/23/2012 10:17 PM, Brandon Allbery wrote:
>  On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 17:16, Gregg Lebovitz <glebovitz at gmail.com>wrote:
>>  On 4/23/2012 3:39 PM, Brandon Allbery wrote:
>>   The other dirty little secret that is carefully being avoided here is
>> the battle between the folks for whom Haskell is a language research
>> platform and those who use it to get work done.  It's not entirely
>> inaccurate to say the former group would regard a fragmented module
>> namespace as a good thing, specifically because it discourages people from
>> considering it to be stable....
>>  Brandon, I find that a little hard to believe.  If the issues are
>> similar to other systems and languages, then  I think it is more likely
>> that no one has volunteered to work on it.  You volunteering to help?
> Does haskell/hackage have something like debian's lintian?

Debian has a detailed policy document that keeps evolving:
Lintian tries hard to automate (as much as possible) policy-compliance

Eg how packages should use the file system
Even 'boring' legal stuff like license-checking is somewhat automated

And most important is the dos and donts for package dependency making
possible nice pics http://collab-maint.alioth.debian.org/debtree/

Of course as Wren pointed out, the Linux communities have enough manpower
to police their distributions which haskell perhaps cannot.

My question is really: Would not something like a haskell-lintian make such
sanity checking easier and more useful for everyone?
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