[arch-haskell] What to do now?

Peter Simons simons at cryp.to
Sat Oct 12 07:36:41 UTC 2013

Hi Gour,

 > Let's first see who wants to be part of the 'team' or everything was
 > just one-man-band.

I would like to contribute some time and effort. There are a number of
Haskell packages on AUR that I need in my daily work, and I'd sure be
able to help keeping them (and their dependencies) up-to-date.

I wonder is what is going to happen to the arch-haskell user on AUR?
Don, would you be willing to share the password so that other people you
can actually update packages on AUR?

Also, it would be great if the e-mail address of the arch-haskell user
could point to this mailing list so that everyone who is subscribed here
receives out-of-date notifications and comments that are left on AUR.
Having that information publicly available for everyone would greatly
improve our ability to function as a team.

 > Magnus> Do we give up on having all of Hackage in AUR and instead rely
 > Magnus> on tools like bauerbill?
 > This is interesting idea...

Bauerbill's Hackage support works great. However, in my understanding
Bauerbill will generally install the latest version of every package.
This is a problem for us, because sometimes we need to withhold updates
for a while until all users of the package have updated their packages
to cope with the latest version. This is easy to do on AUR, where we
can choose which packages to update in which order, but I don't see how
that could be accomplished with Bauerbill, unless Xyne is willing to add
some major features to the program.

 > Magnus> Do we try to do something like what Xyne suggested--set up a
 > Magnus> Haskell ABS and publish pre-compiled packages in [arch-haskell]?
 > ...however, in the spirit of Arch (in comparison with the Gentoo which
 > I left 3yrs ago), I consider that having kind of 'Haskell overlay'
 > with binary packages would be very nice...

Yes, I agree that this is probably the best solution. Arch was designed
to work that way. How difficult is it to set up a repository? Does
anyone know how to do that?

Take care,

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