Unix package maintenance

chessai chessai1996 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 22:26:12 UTC 2021


The unix package, a core library, has been stalling. (just some examples,
going back up to 6 years: [1] [2] [3] [4]).

Previously, unix was maintained by HVR, a prolific maintainer and open
source contributor of the Haskell ecosystem. His work to date has been
invaluable for many of us today. However, recently, he's been increasingly
unavailable, which happens and is perfectly understandable - life happens.
But, the ecosystem cannot stall (eg [5], [6]) because of a single
contributor, regardless of that contributor's merits or previous work.

Right now, we have many useful (and in some cases necessary for other work,
e.g, for hackage-server 2.0) patches to unix which need to be acted on.
Additionally, there are potential maintainers willing to do the work ([7],
[8], [9], [10]).

On behalf of the CLC, which owns unix, I am announcing that the unix
library will henceforth be under maintainership of the aforementioned
individuals, who are all trusted and knowledgeable members of the
community, looking to improve the library.

I appreciate everyone who has contributed code to unix, maintained unix in
the past, and those who stepped forward to help maintain it going forward.
I hope that these changes will help facilitate positive growth for the
library and ultimately the community, as they have with other core
libraries which have recently been given new supplies of maintainers.

[1]: https://github.com/haskell/unix/pull/145
[2]: https://github.com/haskell/unix/pull/21
[3]: https://github.com/haskell/unix/pull/110
[4]: https://github.com/haskell/unix/pull/122
[5]: https://github.com/haskell/zlib/pull/37
[6]: https://github.com/haskell/zlib/pull/39#issuecomment-774598088
[7]: https://github.com/hs-viktor
[8]: https://github.com/Bodigrim
[9]: https://github.com/emilypi
[10]: https://github.com/davean
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