Proposal: splitting the network package

Herbert Valerio Riedel hvr at
Wed Feb 6 10:22:51 CET 2013

Michael Snoyman <michael at> writes:


>> An alternative would be to split the "network" package into
>> "network-uri" and "network-socket". Users of network-uri would have
>> to switch to network-socket as well. However, the types of "network"
>> and "network-socket" would be incompatible unless the
>> "network-socket" package re-exports the modules from "network" or
>> vice versa.
>> E.g. could we put this into the "network" package:
>> {-# LANGUAGE PackageImports #-}
>> module Network.Socket ( module S )  where
>> import qualified "network-socket" Network.Socket as S
>> ?


> Recently, we have a similar situation with http-conduit. Based on that, I'd
> recommend going for a conditional export situation.
> * Release a new version of network (1.5) that does not include the
>   Network.URI module.
> * Create a network-uri package that uses conditionals in the cabal file.
>     * If it's compiled against network version 1.4 or earlier, it doesn't
>       provide any modules.
>     * If it's compiled against network 1.5 or later, it provides the
>       Network.URI module.
> This way, there's only ever one package which is providing Network.URI.


What's the actual downside with Henning's proposed package splitting

I.e., the new transitional `network` package wouldn't have any visible
changes in its exports (and so wouldn't require any major version bump),
but its (re-exported) implementation gets moved into two new packages,
`network-uri` and `network-socket`.

So users of `network` which don't want to or can't switch yet to the new
`network-{uri,socket}` packages can remain on `network` for the time

After an appropriate deprecation cycle, the `network` packages doesn't
get updated anymore to support newer major package versions of
`network-{uri,socket}` which may then start to break compatibility
significantly at the type-level.

To me, this seems to avoid breaking the PVP contract, as well as
avoiding requiring clients of `network` to introduce
conditional-compilation directives. Moreover, it wouldn't require client
packages to switch to new packages right away, while sharing the data
types of the new `network-{socket,uri}` packages.

Am I overlooking something?


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