[Haskell-cafe] Package Takeover: `toml`

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 11:54:36 UTC 2021


On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:51 AM Tom Ellis <
tom-lists-haskell-cafe-2017 at jaguarpaw.co.uk> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 12:36:16PM +0100, Henning Thielemann wrote:
> > On Thu, 11 Mar 2021, amindfv--- via Haskell-Cafe wrote:
> > > Again, trying to be respectful here, but "burning" kinda does imply
> > > "fire," and "need" certainly does imply "need." It's now seeming more
> > > just like a desire for the package name.
> >
> > I have nothing to do with 'toml' but the many takeover requests in the
> > recent past make me nervous that if I am away from Haskell programming
> for
> > some weeks or months brings me in danger of losing my packages. Btw. for
> > some years I was not subscribed to Haskell Cafe because of high traffic
> and
> > I would have missed such takeover request. I think the preference should
> be
> > to create a fork.
> This raises an interesting question: to whom does the entry in the
> package namespace belong? There's a tacit assumption that it belongs
> to the first person who registered it. Arguably though it could be
> deemed to belong to the community.  The more "generic" the name the
> more water that argument seems to hold.
> The solution of "create a fork" could equally well be turned around to
> apply to a package maintainer who returns after a long absence to find
> that the community has taken over maintenance of her package.  I don't
> think there's any absolute sense in which that is the wrong answer.
> We won't find a general principle that holds in all cases but I do
> think it is worth discussing and perhaps coming up with some voluntary
> principles that maintainers can sign up to.  Looking to how other
> language ecosystems handle this issue may be helpful.
> Tom
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