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Re: (non-)upstream changelog


2009/11/5 Pietro Battiston <toobaz@email.it>:
> Hello,
> the developers of an app I'm packaging, denemo (www.denemo.org) do not
> use (it is there, but not updated since months) the file ChangeLog.
> However, they do keep a list of changes, which they published, for the
> last release, in their site and on the mailing list, and which content
> would be the perfect content for filling a changelog. [0]
> Do you suggest me to:
> - patch the changelog/introduce a new one, and then install it, or
> - in debian/changelog, after "New upstream release", list all of those
> changes?

The only sane solution is to bother upstream until the update the
changelog distributed with the tarball.

> I tend to see the second option as cleaner, but I don't know if ~20
> lines of changelog entry for a new upstream release would be considered
> too verbose.

please don't. That is the *debian* changelog.

> P.S: yes, I may ask them to change their policy... for the next release.

not 'may', just do it.

> P.P.S: I'm taking care of this package since few months... under
> previous maintainer, the upstream ChangeLog was still updated

That's nicer, but I don't think it's worth a hunk in diff.gz (either
as direct change or patch) for this.

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
My website: http://matrixhasu.altervista.org/
Me at Debian: http://wiki.debian.org/SandroTosi

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