Re: Date and Upsteam-URL fields
Bill Allombert <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 01:50:37PM -0700, Chris Waters wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 02:48:34PM +0200, Bill Allombert wrote:
>> > On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 04:28:36AM -0700, Chris Waters wrote:
>> > > Date: [...] Talk to the dpkg maintainers--
>> > > they're free to implement this feature if they want. It's not a
>> > > matter for policy.
>> > I agree it is not a matter for policy. However [...]
>> > it is common to do dch -i, do some minor
>> > clean up, wait a month, make a change and upload the package without
>> > remembering to update the changelog date.
>> Anyone who makes a change and doesn't put it in the changelog should
>> be chastised. But I agree, it does happen, and there may even be cases
> Sure but adding entries to the changelog does not magically update the
You should use dch for that. But I confess, I just load in
debian/changelog into an editor and add entries myself.
>> where it's justified (i.e. do some work, wait a month, update
>> standards-version, then upload). So then, the proper people to talk
>> to are the maintainers of the upload processing software, katie, or
>> whatever. But frankly, I'm still not convinced that the moment of
>> upload is a datum of particular interest to most people. If you just
>> want to know if the package is "active", the changelog is the best
>> place to look.
> Sometimes, the changelog will tell you the package was last changed 3
> month ago while actually it was changed yesterday and build and uploaded
> today. This can lead you to go on a wild-goose chase if you do not know
> about the problem.
How about making a lintian/linda check for this:
"W: time-stamp skew in debian/changelog"?