[Haskell-cafe] Unmaintained packages and hackage upload rights

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 17:56:27 UTC 2014

Generally we (the Hackage admins) ask you to do the following before asking
us to take over a package.

Maintainer unreachable:

1. Try to contact the maintainer. Give him/her reasonable time to respond.
2. State your intention to take over the package in a public forum (e.g.
haskell-cafe/libraries list). CC maintainer.
3. Wait a while.
4. Send us an email, with a link to the public email thread.
5. We will grant you maintenance rights.

Maintainer reachable:

Option 1 (preferred):

1. Original maintainer gives you access at

Option 2:

1. Email us, with the maintainer CCed.
2. Maintainer replies to email saying it's OK.
3. We grant access.

-- Johan

On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 8:30 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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