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Unix package maintenance

chessai .
All,

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.


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Re: Unix package maintenance

Emily Pillmore
Thanks Chessai. 

I'd like to just reaffirm to everyone that HVR is welcome to continue maintaining  when he becomes available again, and that this is to make sure that we take on some of the burden of packages thrust onto him over the past decade. We want to unblock everyone else's efforts so we don't end up depending entirely on any one maintainer at any time for trivial things like keeping deps up to date. 

Cheers,
Emily


On Sun, Feb 07, 2021 at 5:26 PM, chessai <[hidden email]> wrote:
All,

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.

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