Use of [XY] initials in debian/changelog

Rafael Laboissiere rafael at
Tue Jan 8 21:33:16 UTC 2008

* G. Milde <milde at> [2008-01-04 08:57]:

> IMO, the name-tag should go to the end because:
> * It is similar to a signature
> * The most important part of the message should come first and I expect that
>   the user is more interested in what is changed than in the person
>   responsible.

* Jörg Sommer <joerg at> [2008-01-08 21:25]:

> I prefer the tag at the end.

Okay, the majority won, let us keep the tag at the end.

* G. Milde <milde at> [2008-01-04 08:57]:

> To reduce visual clutter and redundancy I propose:
>   Only changes that are done by onother developer than the signing one
>   need to be marked with the [VN] initials. 
> This could be extended to complex changes where the tag in a second order
> item would override the first order tag, e.g.
>    * Updated debconf templates translations: [RL]
>      + German: thanks to Helge Kreutzmann (closes: #424115)
>      + Dutch: thanks to Bart Cornelis (closes: #424664)
>      + Marmish: thanks to Mar Mish [GM]

Okay, what about the patch attached below with changes to the Guidelines

To Jörg: I tried to commit these changes, but svn ci fails with a message:

   svn: 'pre-commit' hook failed with error output:

I think the problem comes from this code in the pre-commit hook:

if $SVNLOOK changed --transaction "$TXN" "$REPOS" | grep -Eq '^....(jed|tmexpand)/'; then
    echo "Do not commit to these packages. Use git." >&2
    exit 1

Could you please fix this?

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