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Re: original package changelogs

Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> writes:
> Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

>> All of the packages for which I'm both upstream and the Debian packager
>> have no traditional ChangeLog file, only NEWS, and install the upstream
>> NEWS file as /usr/share/doc/<package>/changelog.gz.

> Perhaps that could be made clear; it's surely an obvious conclusion (but
> wrong, by your assessment) that the upstream ChangeLog should be used
> for that purpose.

> Indeed, that's what ‘dh_installchangelogs(1)’ will do:

>     If there is an upstream changelog file, it will be be installed as
>     usr/share/doc/package/changelog in the package build directory.

> Do you advocate a change to this behaviour? What, exactly?

There's an open Policy bug about this, which is where it should probably
be discussed.  When packaging other people's software, I install the
upstream ChangeLog as changelog.gz and NEWS as NEWS.gz.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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