Gearing up (again) for the next release: 2014.2.0.0

Mark Lentczner mark.lentczner at
Mon Mar 31 14:56:33 UTC 2014

Thanks Simon for confirming the status.

Short: I see no reason not to proceed with 7.8.1 in the next HP.


On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:44 AM, Chris Dornan <chris at> wrote:

> I would have expected 7.8.1 will need some work before it is ready for the
> platform and holding up 7.8.1 further seems like a bad idea, so isn’t 7.8.2
> the first real 7.8 candidate for the platform?

This has been a common sentiment here. But I believe that 7.8.1, and GHC in
general, is being released with due diligence toward stability on all three
major OS platforms. I don't expect to see this release, or any GHC release
going forward that immediately needs to be retracted, or breaks for many
users, or should be avoided.

Of course GHC will ship with bugs - all large software does. We cannot ever
wait for a bug-free release. Or even "relatively bug-free" or "no show
stoppers" release, because with this many developers, maintainers,
committers, and just sheer volume of code, we will never all agree here on
the platform team what constitutes those states. If we start delaying for
some unknown future release... we'll be waiting for 7.8.3 and 7.8.4, etc...

We must trust that the GHC team will triage bugs and release when ready.
With software this big, we all have a responsibility to stable and
dependable releases.

- Mark
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