Heirarchical name space allocation

Seth Kurtzberg seth at cql.com
Tue Mar 30 02:43:48 EST 2004


Have you given any thought to adding some security to go along with 
library versioning?  I'm thinking of something like the C# repository, 
where the version of the library you compile against has a digital 
signature, and the signature is embedded in the app.  The point is to 
prevent an attack where someone substitutes another library, with the 
same version information and public interface, and hijacks your code.


On Mar 30, 2004, at 2:19 AM, Simon Marlow wrote:

>> Who's in charge of allocating names in the hierarchical
>> modules for publicly released libraries these days?
>> This page lists (some) allocated names..
>>   http://www.haskell.org/~simonmar/libraries/layout.html
>> But I can think of a few that aren't listed there.
>> What's the policy?
>> Is there a master reference or register somewhere?
> At one stage we thought that having a single global registry for names
> was the way to go.  Now I think that a free-for-all, with good package
> management tools, is probably better.
> Names and hierarchy locations will still be discussed on this list, but
> anyone is free to publish a library using any names in the hierarchy
> they please.  If there is overlap, then the compiler should prevent you
> from using two overlapping packages at the same time.  In fact, there's
> one good reason for allowing overlap: versioning of libraries.
> Of course, if your library uses names that are consistent with the
> general policy, then there's a greater chance that your library will be
> included in future "collections" of libraries, bundled with compilers,
> and so on.  The idea is that community self-organisation replaces 
> strict
> central registration of library names.  I think this is an improvement,
> but perhaps it's a cop out.  What do others think?
> Cheers,
> 	Simon
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