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duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jun 23 17:40:18 EDT 2008
On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 20:38 +0100, Chris Kuklewicz wrote:
> Here is another view: The use of a cabal field to indicate orphan seems wrong to me.
> The maintainer field in the cabal file currently indicates who was responsible
> for and interested in such things as bug reports and patches at the time of the
> release of that version of that package.
> The orphan state is associated with the package's basename, not any given
> version of the package. I think of "orphan" vs "non-orphan" as associated with
> promised future versions of the package. In an extreme case, the orphan status
> could change several times in a day. Things at this level of abstraction should
> be tracked by a future version of hackage.
Yes. I agree. It's not even necessarily the author themselves that would
necessarily mark a package as obsolete or without maintainers or
whatever. It might be some other person doing package collection
maintenance (a job rather like what distro packaging people do).
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