Re: ChangeLog handling and git wrapper for translators
On Tue, 18 Dec 2007, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Raphael Hertzog writes ("ChangeLog handling and git wrapper for translators"):
> > there's lot of duplication between various ChangeLogs and the git commit
> > message. This I have written a script to update the various ChangeLogs
> > based on the git history. There's even some checks to properly dispatch
> > the commits in the various ChangeLogs.
> I think this is not quite the right approach. I would suggest
> * Delete dpkg/ChangeLog. This file is useless.
It might not be useless for everyone.
> * When we want complete and accurate commit history, use git log.
For us, it's good enough. But generating a ChangeLog file doesn't cost us
much and it can be useful to anyone doing "apt-get source dpkg".
> * Ensure that debian/changelog contains human-readable and redacted
> information. For simple changes `debcommit' does the right thing.
> For more complex changes, perhaps ones which consist of several
> commits, the debian/changelog can be written with coherent
> information by hand.
I don't always put in debian/changelog an entry for changes which do not
impact directly what the users will experience (think simple code
In fact, I quite like to write the debian/changelog entry by explaining
the user-side of the change, while the commit message is longer and
explains the developer side of the change.
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