Re: Developer names within debian/changelog
Thijs Kinkhorst <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Monday 12 May 2008 06:17, Ben Finney wrote:
> > The Policy section above is silent on this extension to the
> > format, though I've seen Joey Hess discussing it in the past. I
> > also know that 'debchange' can produce it, and 'dpkg' can consume
> > it.
> Indeed debchange generates the format. I'm not sure what you mean
> that dpkg can consume it.
Sorry, I was unclear; I meant the 'dpkg-source' program (from the
> I know of no special meaning that dpkg assigns to those names, as
> far as I know it just treats them like any other changelog line.
Yet they don't conform to the policy specification, so I'm wondering
what specification was followed when implementing consumers of the
> If there's any specification to it, I think it's best found in
> debchange's source code.
That tells me *one* possible valid format, but doesn't tell me whether
something different generated otherwise is also valid or not.
A better way might be to look at the 'dpkg-source' source code. I did
that, though, and my eyes started to cross from all the regexes :-(
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