On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 06:16:24PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:

>> +  [ Jonas Smedegaard ]
>> +  * Tidy copyright file: Adjust a few stanzas and declare it formatted
>> +    according to draft DEP5 rev135.
>> +  * Fix add a missed owner to copyright file (no new licenses).
>> +  * Drop local CDBS snippets and locally declared DEB_MAINTAINER_MODE:
>> +    All part of main CDBS now.
>> +  * Refer to FSF website (not postal address) in rules file header.
>> +  * Fix ALSA build-dependency auto-resolving (CDBS no longer horribly
>> +    executes control.in file as a shell script).
>> +  * Improve watch file: Add usage comment; relax pattern to non-digit
>> +    versions and non-gzip tarball compression.
>> +  * Fix DEP5 synatx of copyright file: append ./ in all files sections.
>> +  * Improve copyright file: Refer to FSF website (not postal address),
>> +    and put reference below Debian-specific comment to hint that it is
>> +    not verbatim copied.
> Please another time look at possibilities of merging entries when doing  
> git-dch.
> I would have merged and compacted the multiple changes to copyright file  
> in above.

Damn, you're right. Are we hitting a corner case here? With distributed
development, the original author probably knows best what's simply
cosmetics and what's worth to appear in the changelog.

Given that I usually don't remember what I've done a couple of months
ago, I tend to add the changelog entries shortly after a period of work,
that is, when I think I'm not going to touch the package for the next
few weeks.

Would it make sense, as a rule of thumb or even a team guideline, to
provide changelog entries when done with editing instead of using
git-dch just right before the upload? While the latter might work with a
single maintainer, I don't see how it could with multiple people
touching a package over several months.

Anyway, I'll pay more attention next time.

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