I know this is a painful thing to do (if you consider the inherent
triviality of it), hence I ended up writing a custom merger. This is all
very sketchy, but I'm sure people will enhance it :)

  For now, it's primarily intended as a merger between two full
changelog, when for example you merge your etch-backports branch into
your sid one, or the experimental one into the sid one or any similar
setup. It generates painful merges, which are trivial to solve once you
know what a debian changelog is.

  The script is attached, and you can usually run it this way:

  merge-debchangelog.py <(git show debian-sid:debian/changelog) <(git show 
debian-experimental:debian/changelog) > debian/changelog

It'll leave conflicts marks for the entries for a _same_ debian
version but with different content.

  This needs python-apt.

·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                [EMAIL PROTECTED]
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org
import re, sys, apt_pkg, difflib


header_re = re.compile('^\S+ \((?P<version>.*)\) 
diff_strs = ["<<<<<<<", "=======", ">>>>>>>"]
diff_auto = {' ': 0, '-': 1, '+': 2}

def parse_changelog(file):
    chunks = {}
    cur = ""
    ver = None
    for line in open(file).readlines():
        match = header_re.match(line)
        if match:
            if ver: chunks[ver] = cur.strip() + "\n"
            ver = match.group('version')
            cur = ''
        cur += line
    if ver: chunks[ver] = cur.strip()
    return chunks

def to_state(old, new):
    while old != new:
        print diff_strs[old]
        old = (old + 1) % 3
    return new

def do_merge(left, right):
    l = parse_changelog(left)
    r = parse_changelog(right)
    state = 0
    versions = list(set(l.keys() + r.keys()))
    versions.sort(lambda x, y: -apt_pkg.VersionCompare(x, y))
    for ver in versions:
        if ver in l and ver in r and l[ver] != r[ver]:
            for line in difflib.ndiff(l[ver].split('\n'), r[ver].split('\n')):
                state = to_state(state, diff_auto[line[0]])
                print line[2:]
            state = to_state(state, 0)
            print l.get(ver) or r.get(ver)
    print ""

do_merge(sys.argv[1], sys.argv[2])

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