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Bug#96597: changing policy requirements for debian native packages to _MUST_

Point taken, I shouldn't be abusing the debian native concept.  My
original point still stands, however; either policy needs to be
changed/clarified wrt debian native changelogs, or dh_installchangelogs
(plus any other tools w/ similar behavior) need to be fixed.  I
guess the current consensus is to fix the tools..

On Mon, Mar 04, 2002 at 09:18:07PM -0800, Chris Waters wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 04, 2002 at 08:42:11PM -0500, Andres Salomon wrote:
> > Policy states that history should not be rewritten; ie, past changelog
> > entries should remain as they were.  What happens when maintainership of
> > a package moves upstream?
> Aargh, why should anything happen?  Is the package suddenly specific
> to Debian?  And if not, why on earth should it be a Debian-native
> package?
> As upstream maintainer for WMRack, I document my changes in ./CHANGES.
> As Debian maintainer for WMRack, I document my changes in
> debian/changelog.  I see no reason to treat WMRack differently, than,
> say, WMMail, for which I'm only the Debian maintainer.  Neither WMRack
> nor WMMail is in any way, shape, or form, Debian-specific.  Thus,
> neither one is a Debian-native package.
> Is it more work for me that way?  Well, technically, yes.  I probably
> spend *dozens* of seconds adding in a "new upstream release" entry in
> debian/changelog after I've made a new upstream release.  I think I
> can spare that many seconds.  And, if I find a debian-specific problem
> (say, bad build-depends), it saves me *and everyone else* time and
> trouble if I just release a new debian version, and don't bother to
> release a new upstream version.  (Why should I?)  Plus, it leaves
> everyone less confused.
> -- 
> Chris Waters           |  Pneumonoultra-        osis is too long
> xtifr@debian.org       |  microscopicsilico-    to fit into a single
> or xtifr@speakeasy.net |  volcaniconi-          standalone haiku

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