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Re: NEWS.Debian support is here

On Sun, Jul 06, 2003 at 07:13:23PM +0100, Scott James Remnant wrote:

> 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?
> [example without distribution and urgency]

It would work just as well.  The changelog format was used unmodified for
purposes of simplicity.  Tools already know how to parse it, and its format
is already reasonably specified in the documentation.

> Scott
> -- 
> Who would forget every time :-)

You don't type changelog headers by hand, do you?

 - mdz

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