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Re: (non-)upstream changelog

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> I always summarize major changes in a new upstream release in
> debian/changelog whether upstream provides its own changelog or not.
> It seems polite and I know as a user it makes debian/changelog more
> useful to me than a bunch of bare "New upstream release" lines when
> trying to track down when something might have changed.

It's especially useful to users when upgrading their systems: we can see
the Debian package changelog (using aptitude) before downloading the
package, but if that just says “New upstream version” with no clue as to
what changed, it's not helpful at that point — and it's at exactly that
point that the user *wants* to know what changed, so we can decide
whether to postpone the upgrade of that package.

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Ben Finney

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