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Kyle Fazzari kyle.fazzari at
Thu Jan 21 14:17:24 UTC 2016

On 01/21/2016 09:12 AM, Michael Vogt wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 11:51:24AM -0200, Gustavo Niemeyer wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 5:29 AM, Michael Vogt <michael.vogt at>
>> wrote:
> [..]
>> I would prefer to keep the package list in the summary, even if it cuts
>> down on space a bit. The reason is that it gives much useful context for
>> the summary sentence itself For example, reading through the commits list
>> here makes it clear that committers naturally think about a local context
>> when cooking the summary:
>> The package list qualifies that context in a very useful way.
> Ok.
>> About the additional metadata, "Thanks:" sounds great as it gives another
>> incentive to a good practice.
>> I'm not so sure about "Affects:" though. It seems to the wrong end of it,
>> in the sense that it's impossible to have an exhaustive list of who's
>> affected by something, and it will often be missed. I'd prefer to keep the
>> bug as the place that tracks who's affected by a given issue, as it has
>> more room and may be edited after the commit is made.
> Yeah, if the affected package list is put into the summary then there
> is no need to have something like "Affects:".
>> I'd also keep the term as "Closes:" and "Updates:" rather than "LP:", as
>> that's more clearly indicating whether it's just related to the issue or a
>> fix for it.
> I was mostly suggesting LP over Closes because git-buildpackage dch
> will pick up `LP` and put it in the debian/changelog and we get
> automatic closing of bugs for free this way. The `Closes` is
> traditionally used for closing bugreports in the debian BTS. I guess
> as long as we don't have to close bugs in the debian BTS I can simply
> write a script that 's/Closes:/LP:/g'. I will look into the best way
> to hook into git-dch.

If "LP" results in automatic bug closing, perhaps we can keep the
"Updates:" but replace "Closes:" with "LP:"?

Kyle Fazzari (kyrofa)
Software Engineer
Canonical Ltd.
kyle at

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