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Bug#593611: Acknowledgement (debian-policy: Clarify whose signature should go in debian/changelog (4.4))

Andrew McMillan <andrew@morphoss.com> writes:

> I would say that as the person sponsoring and signing the upload you are
> the person who is responsible for it, and the changelog should show your
> name.

> Perhaps the person who did the bulk of the work before you reviewed the
> package and uploaded it should put their name as a line in the changelog
> saying something like:
>  * Packaging by Joe Cool <joe@example.cool> for sponsored upload.

The drawback to doing it this way, which I think is fairly important if
not technical, is that this means the person doing the work on the package
is not listed in Changed-By, and hence isn't the person whose contact
information is on the bug closing messages, listed as the uploader in the
PTS, listed as the bug closer in the BTS, and so forth.  In the normal
case of a sponsored upload, I think this means that the sponsoree doesn't
get enough public credit for their work.  I think that a practice that
lets the sponsoree be listed in Changed-By is better when they were the
ones primarily responsible for preparing the version.

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

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