[Haskell-cafe] Package Takeover: `toml`

Roman effectfully at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 16:55:41 UTC 2021


> Carter and I were looking into this in February of last year, and the need
> arose again, so I brought it up today.

> I have been eyeing a remake of this package for a long time for some of my
> projects. To be clear: there is no fire that needs to be put out, but I do
> have a need.

It's not a "need" (not a technical one at least), it's a desire to control
a certain package name. Even if there was no responsive maintainer, I'd
argue that if anything that name should be given to Kowainik who already
support the de facto standard Haskell library for dealing with TOML, 'cause
their package fits your criteria (I absolutely do not agree with that
criteria, but that's irrelevant)

hackage names are a community resource, and they deserve to be thought
> through carefully

much better than your yet-to-be-written library (despite the fact that
you'll most certainly produce a great library). If "Hackage real-estate" is
that "precious", as you put it, it shouldn't be given away on the basis of
a promise to write a standard library, there should be actual code to

I'm genuinely surprised there was someone else made maintainer of the
> package without a public takeover. When/how did this happen?

I do not feel like the author of a library takes the responsibility to
inform the public about giving someone permissions to their own library by
uploading it to Hackage. There *should* be some package metadata that
specifies a way to contact the maintainer, but that issue is now fixed.

сб, 13 мар. 2021 г. в 18:07, Bertram Felgenhauer via Haskell-Cafe <
haskell-cafe at haskell.org>:

> I wrote:
> >     https://hackage.haskell.org/package/toml/maintainers/
> >
> > Still, maybe it would help if this feature was more prominent?
> See also https://github.com/haskell/hackage-server/issues/918
> Cheers,
> Bertram
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