Wither Haskell Platform 2013.4.0.0

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 00:07:03 UTC 2013

On 14 October 2013 05:29, Mark Lentczner <mark.lentczner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Friends —
> Deep apologies for being so out of touch the last two months(*).
> In theory, we should be rev'ing up to produce Haskell Platform 2013.4.0.0,
> but I'd like to explore our options at this time:
> 1) Proceed as normal: Such a release would use GHC 7.6.3, as did HP
> 2013.2.0.0, since that is still the current GHC release. Hence all the core
> library versions would remain the same, and by my rough eyeballing it, half
> the platform libraries would remain the same. The only big change might be
> OpenGL/GLUT libs, which has bumped a major version... though I don't know if
> that API change is too great or not. Given the time frame, we are unlikely
> to have any additional packages.
> This stance brings up the issue that 7.6.3, out of the box, won't work with
> Xcode 5, and hence the upcoming release of OS X Mavericks (10.9).
> 2) Delay a month: This would give us time to consider new packages, which
> would make the release somewhat more valuable. However, a December release
> is hard due to holidays, so likelihood would be late December, or January
> release.

As the maintainer of FGL, I'd be interested in doing a new release
with "real" Show and Read instances, etc. if I know when I'd need to
have it done by.

> 3) Ask GHC Central to produce 7.6.4: This would incorporate the changes
> needed work with Xcode 5. This would clearly involve a month delay as in #2.
> 4) Skip it: We could just decide that 2013.4.0.0 doesn't offer enough value
> to run the process now, and simply focus our efforts this cycle on improving
> the infrastructure that builds HP.
> Thoughts? I'm particularly interested to hear from HP library maintainers to
> know if there was/is something important to get out in an HP ASAP. I'd also
> like to better understand what our Xcode5 options are, and if/how/when we
> could see the latest cabal in the platform.
> Again, sorry that this small HP timing crisis is mostly my fault,
> — Mark
> (*) At least my excuse is that I was writing music with Haskell for those
> two months!
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Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
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