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Re: Bug#193497: marked as done (svtools: svsetup uses bashism "echo -e")

On Wed, Jun 11, 2003 at 07:33:27AM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:

> You still haven't got my point have you? Listing upstream changes in
> Debian changelogs because they happen to close Debian bugs is both
> redundant and incomplete.  It is redundant because the entries are already
> in the upstream changelog.  It is incomplete because only the changes
> where Debian bugs have been filed will be listed.  Since it is also
> unnecessary for the BTS, there is simply no good reason to do it.

The Debian changelog has a different emphasis than the upstream changelog.
A relatively minor upstream change could have significant Debian effect, and
vice versa.  Debian bug closures are a only special case of this general
principle.  If the information is presented in a different context, or with
different emphasis, which makes it more valuable to its audience, then it is
not redundant.

It is clearly useful to associate bug reports with the corresponding fixes,
and upstreams do not, in general, reference Debian bug reports.  This is one
reason why the upstream changelog is not a substitute for useful Debian
changelog entries for upstream changes.

 - mdz

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