[arch-dev-public] New ideas for notifying users about (minor) changes

Santiago Torres-Arias santiago at archlinux.org
Mon Jul 29 23:42:26 UTC 2019

> > Con:
> > - We bloat our repository
> We already have this feature.
> Add the following to the PKGBUILD, and rebuild it:
> changelog=NEWS
> Now, the user may at any time run the following command for an installed
> package:
> $ pacman -Qc pkgname
> Changelog for pkgname:
> [contents of NEWS file]
> Changelogs are pacman's #1 unused feature. Do note, however, that these
> messages are opt-in and thus users won't see them unless they know they
> need to. As such, it makes sense for a "changelog", but its utility as a
> news bulletin may be in doubt.

This was exactly my thought. If anything, we may want to push for
maintainers to include NEWS files more often and possibly think about
how to bring the changelog feature to the forefront.

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