[pacman-dev] Discussion on changelogs

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Feb 9 05:06:19 EST 2014

On 09/02/14 19:54, Jerome Leclanche wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> In conclusion, we have the same support for ChangeLog that every other
>> package manager has.  And I am convinced that the changelog for the
>> package is the changelog a package manager should display.
>> Whether to include a packaging changelog at all and what format it is in
>> is a distribution decision.  Whether to also include an upstream
>> development changelog in the package is also a distributional decision.
>> I see nothing that needs changed in makepkg/pacman.
> Yeah - I wasn't arguing the current changelog feature needed to be
> removed. I was however arguing that we may want to be able to include
> upstream changelogs as well in the package. It's fair if arch devs
> don't do it for whatever reason, but usually it's just a matter of
> adding a single line to the PKGBUILD, once so it's a perfectly
> scalable burden, so to say. Packaging changelogs however are a massive
> maintenance burden as they need to be updated every release.
> So currently, pacman supports a feature nobody uses, and doesn't
> support a "fire and forget" feature that applies to thousands of
> packages.

Sure it does.  Taking the Debian approach:

install -Dm644 ChangeLog $pkgdir/usr/share/doc/$pkgname/ChangeLog


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