[Haskell-cafe] haskell-ide repository name

Alan & Kim Zimmerman alan.zimm at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 07:12:15 UTC 2015

This post generated some discussion on the mailing list(s) [1],[2] and on
reddit [3].

The straw poll [4] garnered (as of time of writing this mail) 138 votes,
broken down as

ghc-ide-engine   56 votes 41%
ghc-ide-service   43 votes 31%
haskides             19 votes 14%
ghc-ide-daemon 16 votes 12%
something else     4 votes  3%

So it seems -ide-engine is the favourite

In a bait-and-switch operation, I think it makes sense to keep the current
"haskell-ide" prefix, and so rename it to


This has the advantages of

  a) The prefix is the same, so continuity is slightly better

  b) It does not mentally shut out any tooling constructed using other
compilers/techniques, such as haskell-src-exts

If anyone feels strongly that this is wrong, please let me know.


[1] https://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2015-October/121965.html
[2] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/haskell-ide/hI3MzXbwqTo
[4] http://strawpoll.me/5842105/r

On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 11:06 PM, Alan & Kim Zimmerman <alan.zimm at gmail.com>

> At the moment the repository/project is called haskell-ide
> This leads to the impression that it is an IDE.
> It is actually a backend/server to provide services for an IDE
> We are considering changing the name.
> The options are
>   haskides / ghc-ide-daemon / ghc-ide-service / ghc-ide-engine
> Please cast your vote at http://strawpoll.me/5842105
> Thanks
>   Alan
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