[Haskell] Is Hackage becoming a centralistic approach?

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Thu May 3 16:55:10 EDT 2007

On Thu, 2007-05-03 at 13:50 -0400, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:
> On May 3, 2007, at 13:47 , Wolfgang Jeltsch wrote:
> > on <http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Hackage> I read that there is  
> > the idea to
> > make Hackage support bug tracking and project pages.  This looks  
> > like Hackage
> > should provide complete hosting of Haskell projects at some time.   
> > Is this
> > really intended?  Since any reasonable Haskell project should use  
> > Hackage
> > now, this would mean that a Haskell software developer cannot use  
> > another
> > hosting provider or whatever to host his project.  I think this  
> > would be very
> > bad since the decision about how and where to host a project  
> > shouldn’t be
> > based primarily on what programming language it uses.
> My understanding is that yes, it will offer hosting eventually; but  
> this will be an option, not a requirement.  Many people don't have  
> readily available hosting options, so this would make it easier for  
> them to contribute.

Indeed. Also it's quite possible to host another hackage server instance
and cabal-install can deal with multiple hackage servers so for example
one could host a hackage server inside an organisation and cabal-install
could get packages from both.


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