On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:46:58AM -0300, Felipe Sateler wrote:
On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:06, Jonas Smedegaard <d...@jones.dk> wrote:
I propose the following:

 * As a minimum, the changelog is completely untouched until final
release, where the uploader auto-generates using "git-dch -R",     adjusts
by hand as needed, and commits the changes.
 * Optionally intermediate updates to the changelog can be applied.
   Begin with "git-dch" and if that fails then instead use
   "git-dch --since <REF>" (replacing <REF> with reference to last
commit that touched debian/changelog), set distribution to
   UNRELEASED, and commit the changes.
 * Intermediate changelog updates are encouraged when release is
expected only later, and when more people work on same package.

But if the primary worker on a package thinks the package is ready for
release, the trailer line should be updated, I believe.

What you here describe is not an intermediate update but a final one. If updating trailer line isn't implied by the git-dch -R option then I suggest to drop that option (and file a bugreport about it!) and instead afterwards invoke "dch -r" which it was supposed to mimic.

In other words, I propose to replace the earlier commit style (documented in the wiki?) of unconditionally adding UNRELEASED - which does not work optimally together with git-dch IMO.

If you use the changelog heuristic (see man dch), dch will leave the to as UNRELEASED and the trailer line not updated. At release time, one can issue a dch -r that will update both. This workflow is good, because it lets us know when someone believes the package is ready at the time one looks at the package.

The addition of an UNRELEASED hint as a sole change to changelog file is a waste IMO, and makes it harder for git-dch to resolve its starting point.

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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