Hi! Alright, this happened far too often lately to be ignored. This must stop, pretty please. The developers-reference isn't written just for fun. Yes, writing "closes: #123" in a changelog a really easy way to close a bugreport. But it is not the golden calf! Don't overdo it, don't overuse it. Thinks like this don't have to do anything in a debian/changelog: * This isn't really a bug (closes: #123) * The foo program does indeed work as intended (closes: #123) * This is on purpose and not a bug (closes: #123) Simple rule: If there are no changes in the package (by either yourself or upstream) that makes the bug (or no bug) go away, then _DON'T_ close it with the changelog. The reason for the changelog is to list *changes*. If there aren't any changes then it must not be listed in there. Please read developers-reference section 5.8.4., especially the later paragraphs. (especially the first listed example is almost identically listed in the developers-reference section 6.3.3., which *everyone* has read, right?) So, how to resolve such bugs, then? Quite simple: Write to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and add a note about why you think the bug is fixed and doesn't need a change in the package. I hope the people that weren't sure about this get it this time, and don't take it too personal. But it is sad that it seems to be needed to be written. During some of the discussions lately on debian-devel another usage of the changelog has risen interest: * New upstream release (closes: #123, #124, #125) This has also raised some discussions. The thing is this: If #123, #124 and #125 aren't just "New upstream version available" bugreports then quite some people dislike this behavior. It shouldn't be too much hazzle for the maintainer to rewrite this as follows: * New upstream release (closes: #123) which includes: - tmpfile race condition fix (closes: #124) - manual page included (closes: #125) The thing is: It helps the users and the person who reported the bug to see what bug exactly was closed without the need for them to dig in the BTS. This is no must but it is something your users would be greatful if you could do it. Thanks for the attention, Alfie  apt-get install developers-reference -- Frage: Wie heisst der Mann beim Krippenspiel? Manu: Jesus. -- Manu, Kontainerblondie in "Hast Du Töne"
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