[Haskell-cafe] Unmaintained packages and hackage upload rights

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+hs at mega-nerd.com
Thu Jan 30 22:22:36 UTC 2014

Roman Cheplyaka 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 .)


I really can understand why you did this; I am frustrated by some of
the same issues. However, I think if any significant number of people
did this, the results could easily be disasterous.

Erik de Castro Lopo

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