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Bug#459427: changelog vs. NEWS handling

* Peter Eisentraut <peter_e@gmx.net>, 2008-01-06, 14:55:
I think that installing a source-level change list is hardly ever useful for a binary package.

It's normally more useful that no changelog at all. :-)

What I tend to do in my packages is:

if user-level change list exists:
	install it as /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE/changelog
elsif source-level changelog exists:
	install it as /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE/changelog
	curl into a ball and cry

This sounds a bit like:

2. Modify policy to say that source-level changelogs should not be installed unless there is some overriding reason. Also say that user-level release notes should be installed as /usr/share/doc/package/changelog.gz. This has the advantage that the currently used name "changelog" is preserved, but the disadvantage would be that it would take on a new meaning for many packages. It would also create an inconsistent naming scheme compared to the handling of changelog.Debian vs. NEWS.Debian.

Jakub Wilk

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