Re: X facts about Debian - some fact checking and looking for ideas.
at bottom :-
On 28/08/2017, Guillem Jover <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 2017-08-28 at 12:50:48 +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
>> It did take a little while for the current format to evolve. For
>> example, very early source packages had changes recorded in a
>> "debian.README" file in somewhat ad-hoc formats.
>> I think the current changelog format arrived with dpkg 1.3.x in August
>> 1996 (https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/1996/08/msg00369.html etc.),
>> but true old-timers might remember more.
> I think it's older than that. But it might not have been "formalized"
> until that point because there was no tool to parse it automatically
> before then.
> Check the tail of the dpkg changelog, which is one of the oldest ones
> I know is still currently present in unstable, and you'll see that
> evolution taking place:
Thank you for pointing in the right direction.
The first thing I wanted to find out, the separation of changelogs
happened in 1998 according to dpkg changelogs.
dpkg (18.104.22.168) frozen unstable; urgency=medium
* Non-maintainer bug-fix release
* Install main changelog file as `changelog.gz' instead of
`changelog.dpkg.gz' (Debian Policy, section 5.8) (Bug#6052,15157)
Juan Cespedes <email@example.com> Sun, 5 Apr 1998 17:37:01 +0200
And the earliest mention as correctly pointed out by you started In
August 1994 itself.
Thu Aug 25 11:46:27 1994 Ian Murdock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ChangeLog begins Thu Aug 25 11:46:27 1994 for dpkg 0.93.5.
which means it was there from starting itself.
Thank you again for sharing that.
Shirish Agarwal शिरीष अग्रवाल
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