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Re: Teams in changelog trailers

On 12-02-19 at 09:59am, Charles Plessy wrote:
> 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.

I also use the style listing the contributor in square brackets and 
myself at the final line, when releasing a package (fully or mostly) on 
behalf of others - whether or not done in a team.

I understand that adding that "Team upload" statement silences lintian 
when my name is not listed as maintainer or uploader, but is that not 
all?  I fail to see other benefit than that, and I fail to understand 
what other style is sensible than the above.

In other words, can someone please help post a concrete example of a 
different changelog style than above, involving "Team upload" statement 
so that I understand what is really discussed here?


 - Jonas

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