Re: changes file format
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 20:36:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'd intended to drop this topic, but I'll belabor one point here.
If package announcements are uploaded to debian.org for machine
parsing and debian-changes announcements are machine-generated from
there, The mechanized debian-changes announcement generator has a
lot of control over the aesthetics of the announcement format which
is presented to humans for reading.
This is a bad idea.
I don't think we should mandate that a script exist somewhere to parse
the machine-readable format and generate a human-readable format from
it, when we could just as easily have a format that is both human- and
machine-readable and that does not require this extra step.
We *must*, however, have a script that maintainers can use to generate
announcements. dchanges could be adapted to generate a human-readable
format instead of the currently-used format. At the moment, the format
it uses appears to contain all of the right information, but it doesn't
arrange it in a manner that is easily readable by humans.
And while I do agree that it would be a good idea for the archive
maintainer (me) to moderate debian-changes to prevent announcements
from being distributed before the announced package is moved into
public view, I must urge restraint in automating the process. All
packages should be inspected and moved into the distribution by a
human. I am strongly of that opinion.