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Re: Horrific new levels of changelog abuse

On Sun, Sep 21, 2003 at 12:59:04PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> Right so let's say that I file a bug against package X, and the maintainer
> closes it saying that it's fixed in version y.  Are you saying that this
> is useless?

In the changelog, yes.

In other contexts, often it isn't.  For example, if a package maintainer
can no longer reproduce a bug under reasonable conditions, there's
nothing wrong with him sending a message to the -done address explaining
this fact.

Even in the case where one knows exactly which version of a package
rendered the bug no-longer-reproducible, if one doesn't know *why* it's
fixed, one shouldn't mention it in the changelog, because one cannot
identify the solution.

Changelogs exist to document changes, not black-box outputs.

G. Branden Robinson                |     That's the saving grace of humor:
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     if you fail, no one is laughing at
branden@debian.org                 |     you.
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