hackage, package list, trac, some suggestions/questions

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Sun Jun 1 16:26:53 EDT 2008

On Sat, 2008-05-31 at 11:40 +0100, Ross Paterson wrote:
> On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 12:21:21AM +0100, Claus Reinke wrote:
> > good point. as .cabal files are served as text, they might be
> > scanned as well. still, i'd think that hackage should do as good
> > mailing list archives do: obfuscate email addresses to make
> > harvesting more difficult, without users having to obfuscate
> > things by hand.
> > 
> > if someone figures out how to install the package descriptions
> > on their own machine for harvesting, there isn't much to be done
> > about that, just as with harvesters registering on mailing lists.
> > but one shouldn't make it too easy..
> The .cabal file is still inside the tarball, and unpacking archives is
> a standard thing for web traversers to do -- no installation necessary.
> The only thing that would work is for the upload script to modify the
> cabal file inside package, which is something I'm reluctant to do,
> because it intrudes on the domain of the maintainer.

And would mess up md5sums etc.


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