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Re: [opensuse-buildservice] Promote meaningful changelog entries!
  • From: Marcus Rueckert <mrueckert@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 14:10:30 +0100
  • Message-id: <20070219131030.GM8139@xxxxxxx>
On 2007-02-19 12:26:04 +0100, Robert Schiele wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 12:07:55PM +0100, Christoph Thiel wrote:
> > From a packagers point of view it really boils down to "update to version
> > x.y". But if you look at it from a user's point of view, it's much more
> > convenient to not having to go to some URL to figure out what actually
> > changed and why you should upgrade. This also holds true, especially, for
> > our Autobuild folks, who review all submissions into Factory (and other
> > distros). Prj. Managers appreciate those detailed changes, too!
> >
> > I totally agree this takes some time and can be quite tedious sometimes.. ;)
>
> For me this sounds like mixing up the layers. If I read "update to whatever"
> then it is not really a hard job to go to the URL (which is often in the
> package description as well) and look up the details about the software
> changes there if this is what I am interested in.
>
> If you mix in the changes to the software into the changes that the packager
> did to the package it becomes much more difficult to find what the _packager_
> actually did to the package.
>
> In my opinion the package changelog is neither a good place to replace
> communication infrastructure to your manager nor it is a good place to do
> customer marketing. I still consider the changelog to be a log to track
> changes you did.

right. but often users might care why you did the version upgrade. so it
is nice to outline/summarize at least the most important changes.

darix

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