[Haskell-cafe] Taking over setlocale

Gershom Bazerman gershomb at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 00:06:10 UTC 2014

On 7/9/14, 5:56 PM, Carter Schonwald wrote:
> a) thats not how taking over maintainer ship works
> b) http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Taking_over_a_package
> taking over a package without the maintainers permission requires the 
> maintainer being unreachable  for 6-12 months (or longer)

The guideline there is "a reasonable time". That is much closer to 1 
month than 6-12 months. I think one week is a bit short, but overall 
sven seems to be following the process well, and given the last update 
date on that package, we should still give a reasonable time to respond, 
but I would err on the side of brevity if anything.


> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM, Sven Bartscher 
> <sven.bartscher at weltraumschlangen.de 
> <mailto:sven.bartscher at weltraumschlangen.de>> wrote:
>     Greetings,
>     I would like to take over the setlocale package. Following the steps
>     described on
>     http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Taking_over_a_package I
>     need to state my intention on a public forum.
>     The original author (Lukas Mai) published his package in the Public
>     Domain. This would be fine, but the Author seems to be living in
>     Germany. The problem with that is that in Germany an author is not
>     allowed to give up his copyright in this way. This means the licensing
>     of the package defaults to "All rights reserved", making the package
>     undistributable.
>     I already tried to contact the author about this problem, but he
>     didn't
>     respond in a week. This isn't a very long time, but I didn't get an
>     answer on past attempts to contact him (this was at least a month, but
>     probably more, ago).
>     To solve this problem, I rewrote the setlocale binding with the
>     same API
>     under the BSD3-clause.
>     PS: Please keep the CC to Lukas Mai and the debian-haskell list
>         intact.
>     Regards
>     Sven
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