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Re: Teams in changelog trailers

Le Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 05:51:57PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli a écrit :
> It'd be nice if debbugs could understand "[ Debian Developer ]" lines
> and give credit to the appropriate individuals when closing bugs
> mentioned in changelogs. But I understand that's not entirely trivial to
> do, and I don't consider that to be enough of a reason to keep around
> hard to attribute changelog entries.

Hi Stefano,

If there is ambiguity about credit, perhaps the BTS boilerplate could be
amended to include a disclaimer that not all of it shall come to the uploader.

Recenlty, I have uploaded new packages with changelogs like the following.

  r-cran-proto (0.3-9.2-1) unstable; urgency=low
     * Team upload.
     [ Carlos Borroto ]
     * Initial release (Closes: #657994)
   -- Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org>  Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:47:24 +0900

At first I worried that it would deprive Carlos from the credit of preparing
the package.  But in the end, I think that such a changelog clearly presents
the responsibilities, credit aside.  I am responsible for having uploaded the
package, and Carlos is responsible for making this packaging happen.

If the changelogs were about credit, what would be missing there would be the
contribution of the team to the packaging work of Carlos, and that would bring
us back putting the team's name in the changelog signature, which is not as
informative as having a human name.

Have a nice day,


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