[Pkg-xfce-devel] README: Proposal for unreleased packages/changelog entries

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at corsac.net
Tue Dec 20 16:35:54 UTC 2005

Jani Monoses wrote:
>     >  On top of this I'd like to propose that whereever possible we use a
>     >  common format for changes which are made by more than one person.
>     >
>     >  I personally like:
>     >
>     >   * (Simon Huggins)
>     >     * blah1
>     >     * blah2
>     >   * (Yves-Alexis Perez)
>     >     * blah3
>     >     * blah4
>     >  etc.
>     I *strongly* agree here, the method based only on initals was less
>     clear IMHO.
> On the topic of more people contributing to a changelog:
> ideally it would be easier if once a person changed something and added
> a changelog
> in svn it was followed by uploading to the archive. Hence changes by one
> person only per debian revision.

I'm against uploading at each and every changes. No need to overload
buildd. Don't forget we have lots of archs... But sure we could upload
more frequently...

> This may not be practical because of the time a package needs to be
> tested before being considered
> ready for upload, but we should still strive for upload 'early and
> often' IMHO, for avoiding bottlenecks
> and the introduction of unrelated changes in a revision which
> theoretically make bug hunting harder.

It's up to the DD to decide if the package is OK for upload, and it
takes time.

> In the cases when an upload is not made in time and another commiter has
> changes to the package
> I think the layout of the changelog would be better if it was a stricter
> format, so instead of what is above
> we had:
>  *blah1 (Simon Huggins)
>  *blah2 (Emanuele Rocca)
>  ...
>  *blahn (Simon Huggins)
> so they are added chronologically (as the changelogs themselves) not per
> author.
> this would make automatic handling a lot easier (I am now sedding across
> the files, and adding
> Bump Version to 3.6.2 (Jani Monoses) to 23 files  would be way easier if
> the format wasn't hierarchical and
> the corresponding header didn't have to be looked up.
> Also grepping for changes by a person would be a lot more straightforward.
> The legibility of it will still be very good even if it wasn't _that_ pretty
> And if legibility was affected it would mean they are way too many
> changes and it's time for an upload ;)
> please consider this format before starting to update existing
> changelogs en-masse
> thank you
> Jani

Yves-Alexis Perez

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corsac at hidalgo: grep -R luck /usr/src/linux-2.6.14 | wc -l

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