[Reportbug-maint] [reportbug] r538 - in /trunk: ./ debian/changelog reportbug.py

Ben Finney ben+debian at benfinney.id.au
Sun Jun 15 10:35:23 UTC 2008

"Sandro Tosi" <matrixhasu at gmail.com> writes:

> > Modified: trunk/debian/changelog
> > URL: http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/reportbug/trunk/debian/changelog?rev=538&op=diff
> > ==============================================================================
> > --- trunk/debian/changelog (original)
> > +++ trunk/debian/changelog Sun Jun 15 07:48:00 2008


> Those changes are *wrong*! you should not change previous entries in
> debian/changelog as stated in Debian Policy:
> 4.4. Debian changelog: `debian/changelog'
> -----------------------------------------
>      Changes in the Debian version of the package should be briefly
>      explained in the Debian changelog file `debian/changelog'.[1]
> (...)
> [1]  Mistakes in changelogs are usually best rectified by making a new
>      changelog entry rather than "rewriting history" by editing old
>      changelog entries.

The changes in that changeset are trailing-whitespace fixes. They
can't be fixed by making a new changelog entry. So, this appears to be
an instance where a mistake is not fixable this way, as allowed by the
wording "usually".

It's also rather dubious to say that fixing trailing whitespace is
"rewriting history" in the changelog.

> Please revert this changes.

How would you propose we address trailing whitespace?

If you'd prefer they not be fixed, can you say why? I automatically
remove trailing whitespace in my editor, so fixing it once means that
we avoid accidental noise in more substantial changesets.

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Ben Finney

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