[Haskell-cafe] Private packages on hackage

Tomas Carnecky tomas.carnecky at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 06:39:51 UTC 2015

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM Sean Leather <sean.leather at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 3:42 AM, Alan & Kim Zimmerman wrote:
>> I had a chat with Duncan Coutts of Well-Typed about the possibility of an
>> extension to hackage which would allow private packages to be uploaded and
>> managed by hackage, for a fee.
>> The idea is that it operates in a similar fashion to GitHub, where public
>> packages are free, but there is a monthly fee for hosting private packages.
>> This would give commercial organisations wanting to get started with
>> Haskell a simple way to host their packages, so that members of the
>> organisation could see the private and public packages when logged in, and
>> cabal install would work as expected with the superset.
>> Duncan is worried about the up-front effort required vs an uncertain
>> return.
>> Personally I think that this could be a good way to fund the hackage
>> infrastructure.
>> So the question is, apart from me, would anyone be interested in such a
>> feature?
> There are several of us a bit to the north of you, Alan, that would fully
> support this.

How about teaching cabal how to fetch packages directly from SCM?
Organizations already have SCM systems set up, and the package metadata
(.cabal file) is already in there.
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