[pacman-dev] Proposed Changelog Feature

Daniel M. Capella polyzen at archlinux.org
Sat Sep 7 15:20:12 UTC 2019

> > Would it be possible for the PKGBUILD to allow users to specify a file to set
> > for 'changelog=' relative to $srcdir?
> This is non-trivial. Consider that something simple in the global scope
> such as:
>   changelog=$srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver/NEWS
> At the time this var is read, $srcdir isn't yet defined, and while
> $pkgver *is* defined, it's subject to change via a pkgver() function.
> You can avoid some of this pain if you insist that changelog be partof
> the package() function, but that would be highly unusual/annoying.
> Alternatives of re-sourcing the PKGBUILD from within user-functions are
> equally hard to swallow and probably have strange side effects.

How about `changelog="$pkgdir"/usr/share/doc/$pkgname/NEWS`?

changelog could also be made capable of holding a link to where upstream
hosts its release notes, especially when they have pretty formatting and
further links to issues/PR's/commits/etc, eg.

Daniel <https://danielcapella.com>
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