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Re: NEWS.Debian support is here

On Fri, 2003-07-04 at 06:01, Joey Hess wrote:

> The file format is the same as a debian changelog file, but we leave off the
> asterisks generally, and use bigger paragraphs explaining news items when
> necessary. It might be a good idea to run your file through
> dpkg-parsechangelog to check its formatting as it will not be automatically
> checked during build as the changelog is. I expect there will be a lintian
> check eventually. Here's a real life example of a NEWS.Debian file:
> libinline-perl (0.43-5) unstable; urgency=low

Is there any particular reason to keep the "unstable; urgency=low"
there?  It's duplication of information in the changelog, and nearly
every developer will probably forget to change the information in
NEWS.Debian when they change the urgency or distribution in changelog.

Would this work just as well?

libinline-perl (0.43-5)

  Note that when you upgrade from perl 5.6 to 5.8, binaries built with
  libinline (this may include compiled objects cached in .Inline/_Inline
  directories) will fail to work with the new version of perl. This is
  because perl's ABI for binaries changed between perl 5.6 and 5.8.

  The solution is the delete and regenerate any such binaries you might have.
  I have not tried to automate this in the Debian package.

 -- Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>  Wed, 11 Sep 2002 21:37:56 -0400


Who would forget every time :-)

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