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README.rst

Gentoo Haskell project

Getting involved

Oh, hi! So you've got a couple of moments to kill and you're looking for something to do? You've come to the right place.

There are several ways to find tasks. One is looking in our TODO list. Another is to have a look at the bug reports piled up at the Gentoo Bugzilla. Anything from actually solving the problem, to just verifying the report, or providing more information is helpful.

To start contributing, you need a working copy of the Haskell overlay; a copy that you can modify and send patches/pull requests from. You could use layman to get a copy, but in this case we'd not recommend it. Assuming you have git emerged, run this to get your own copy of the repo:

git clone https://github.com/gentoo-haskell/gentoo-haskell.git

You need to be able to make patches, and send patches/pull requests on github. If you are new to git try to read some git basics and drop in on irc://freenode.net/gentoo-haskell to get help.

Introduction to Haskell Ebuilds

We have two kinds of ebuilds: completely manually written ones, and ones mostly generated from hackage using our custom tool, hackport.

Ebuilds for complex applications and libraries that need a little more care, like ghc, are written by hand.

The great majority, though, are projects listed on the hackage site. For all those packages, we can generate ebuilds that often require very little manual tweaking. The ebuild is generated from the dependencies, descriptions, etc., described in the project's .cabal file. The progress of hackage and its development decisions are important for gentoo haskell, which is why we keep a close cooperation with them.

To get the hackport tool, either install app-portage/hackport-9999 available from the haskell overlay, or get your copy of the repo using

git clone https://github.com/gentoo-haskell/hackport.git

See HOWTO contribute for info on technical aspects of how to work with the overlay.