Package spam :-)

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at
Thu Jun 19 06:35:37 EDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-06-19 at 01:31 +0100, Ross Paterson wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 01:11:25PM -0700, Don Stewart wrote:
> > As author Adrian, you can ask to have them removed.
> > 
> > Gwern: do not upload other people's packages, if they're active! It is
> > impolite, and leads to far too much broken code.
> > 
> > In particular, doing random forks of existing packages with their own
> > matainers *is not helpful* -- it just leads to broken, unmaintained code.
> I don't mind forks, as long as they have a maintainer and a different
> name.
> My problem with these packages is that they specify maintainers, but
> the uploaded versions appear not to have been created by the named
> maintainers.
> If a package names a maintainer, I think we should be able to assume
> that whatever was uploaded is that person's approved version, packaging
> and all.

I agree. I think we should get round to writing this down as a hackage
policy and getting a quick show of hands on this list.


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