changelog policy change request

Rafael Laboissiere rafael at
Fri Nov 25 13:09:35 UTC 2005

* G. Milde <g.milde at> [2005-11-25 10:14]:

> This goes with my experience, that the sorting of changes by contributor
> creates a less usefull (for the end user) log. Problems arise also for the
> cases:
>   Joe changes A to B, Sam changes B to C  -> no need to mention B
>   Joe introduces feature D, Sam realizes that this needs change E
>   -> related changes should be grouped together.
> A detailled info about who contributed what and when is still available at
> the SVN logs.
> I am not sure, whether it would be better to drop the "who" alltogether, or
> e.g. to add initials or nicks:
>   * changed A to C [JD, SD]
>   * new feature D [JD]
>     needs E [SD]

If you think that this format is more appropriate, I would have no problems
in changing the Guidelines.

A not-so-unrelated issue: a heated debate is taking place now in
debian-devel about the appropriateness of using a mailing list in the
debian/changelog entries.  See the thread starting at:

The origin of all this is the following bug report:


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