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

On Fri, 13 Jun 2003 19:13:49 +1000, Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> said: 

> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> wrote:
>> It is my opinion that it is better to make the laughably small
>> effort required to make the changelog more valuable.  There is
>> clearly no fault in excluding information that you do not have, nor
>> in excluding information which you deem to be unimportant.
>> However, I would argue that changes relating to existing, open bug
>> reports are decidedly valuable to include.

> Well we'll have to agree to disagree on this.  I still maintain that
> listing information that is by nature incomplete is a waste of time.

	Changelogs, like any precis, are by nature incomplete. (That
 is why they are not called patch sets, but changelogs).  The part
 that makes them valuable stems from the judgment of the maintainer,
 that extracts the information and puts them in a form valuable to a
 end user skimming though, trying to judge the magnitude and nature of
 changes, and the reasons bugs were closed.


"And now that the legislators and the do-gooders have so futilely
inflicted so many systems upon society, may they end up where they
should have begun: may they reject all systems, and try liberty..."
Frederic Bastiat
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