[Haskell-cafe] Unmaintained packages and hackage upload rights
roma at ro-che.info
Thu Jan 30 17:07:43 UTC 2014
Because I can't release my package (which depends on the fixed version)
Also, all sorts of psychological reasons (as Kim-Ee Yeoh said) — context
switches, open loops etc. It's much better to just upload the package
and be done with it.
* Clark Gaebel <cgaebel at uwaterloo.ca> [2014-01-30 11:40:12-0500]
> How does the process of taking over maintenance add latency to your work?
> 1) Check out broken version of package.
> 2) Fix locally, bump version number locally.
> 3) cabal sandbox add-source ../fixed-package in any package that needs the
> fixed version.
> 4) Email hackage admins for upload rights.
> 5) Continue working on your actual project.
> 6) Receive upload privileges one day.
> 7) Upload fixed package.
> As far as I can tell, the only real latency cost here is that paid to fix
> the broken version.
> - Clark
> On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM, Roman Cheplyaka <roma at ro-che.info> wrote:
> > In the recent past I took over two unmaintained packages: bert and
> > ansi-terminal. I don't mind spending a bit of time to keep our ecosystem
> > from bitrotting.
> > However, both times I had to go through an irritating procedure of
> > contacting hackage admins, asking them to grant me upload rights,
> > explaining why the maintainers can't do that themselves and why I think
> > the packages are abandoned.
> > Instead of a feeling that I'm doing something good and useful, I have
> > a feeling that I'm bothering people with my own problems. It also adds
> > unnecessary latency to my work.
> > So from now on I'll simply fork the packages I need to fix.
> > Others are of course welcome to use my forks.
> > (This email was prompted by regex-tdfa which doesn't build on GHC 7.8,
> > and whose maintainer hasn't responded. My fork is at
> > http://hackage.haskell.org/package/regex-tdfa-rc .)
> > Roman
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