Re: Terrible shape of our Haskell platform
> Today, I am noticing:
> * we have GHC 6.10.3, but not the version of time that most people use
> with GHC 6.10.3. I maintain my Haskell packages on a Debian
> system. I have to upload different code to Hackage because Debian
> is so out of date -- even in *SID*.
> * we have no apparent effort to provide a haskell-platform metapackage
> at all. This is a terrible thing that will bite us over and over
> again, I fear.
> * Important bits of our Haskell infrastructure are unmaintained.
> Arjan, who doesn't have time to maintain Haskell packages anymore,
> is still the maintainer of record for haskell-devscripts, http,
> hsql, regex, haskelldb, haxml, helium.
> We have made some progress on other things, such as standardized
> debian/ directories, but we are moving at a glacial pace on a lot of
> the rest of this. Most of it is out of anyone's hands but Kari to
> fix, since he's the maintainer of ghc and most of the core
> infrastructure that Arjan isn't.
> Do we have a plan to address it? If so, is there something I can help
> with? If, let's make one, and quick.
The Aussie's are making progress,
FWIW, on Arch Linux I had to take over maintainance of Haskell packages that had
previously been maintained by non-Haskell devs. We did this via a joint
account 'arch-haskell', which now maintains everything: ghc, core libs,
platform, tools and extras.
We're slowly moving stuff into the base system.