'temporary' package

Roman Cheplyaka roma at ro-che.info
Sun May 11 13:03:37 UTC 2014

Many people seem upset about my words and/or actions.

I think giving a bit of background should help clarify the matters here.

Last time a similar situation came up[1], I simply forked a package (it was
regex-tdfa) and notified others so that if they have the same problem, they may
reuse my work instead of replicating it.

[1]: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2014-January/112466.html

Many people were concerned with that, arguing that this was unresponsible on my
part and following this trend would lead to hackage fragmentation [2,3].

[2]: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2014-January/112471.html
[3]: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2014-January/112489.html

So this time I made a compromise and sent out a couple of emails (which I didn't
*have* to send) and gave a two days notice (which again I didn't *have* to give
— I can fix the problem for myself instanteneously by simple forking).

As I suspected, this was completely in vain. This didn't change anything, and
eventually I still had to fork the package in order to get my packages
back to installable state ASAP. The only thing I got in return is accusation of
being hasty.

So I'm gonna mark this as a failed experiment, and return to my policy of simply
forking the packages whenever I think it's the optimal option for me and my users.

(I'm not even sure whether I should notify this list of my forks. As I said, I'm
doing this primarily so that others can reuse my work, but the kind of response
I get each time is discouraging and distracts me from doing other work.)

BTW, 'temporary' has been fixed today. Nevertheless, I will continue to
maintain my fork, as I don't want this situation to repeat in the future.
So if you already switched, or plan to switch to temporary-rc, you should feel
safe to do so.

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