Changelog attributions

Rocco Stanzione grasshopper at
Mon Apr 3 16:30:11 BST 2006

On Monday 03 April 2006 09:57, Barry deFreese wrote:
> I can't speak for other but I know personally that there have been
> instances where I have not used the submitters changelog entry.  Not out of
> "maliciousness" or wanting to take the credit, it was basically a quick and
> dirty change or such.  I will try to be more diligent to that regard.
> However, you need to remember that if the package is synced from Debian
> later down the road the Ubuntu changelog may disappear anyway.

I appreciate that Barry.  I suspect that (quick & dirty) is the case most of 
the time.  It's helpful to remember that creating the patch may not have been 
so quick and dirty.  The one that prompted me to post was anything but.  It 
was in a language (python) that I don't care for and so don't have a lot of 
experience with.  It required reading lots and lots of code to figure out 
what certain objects were, what certain variables should be expected to 
contain, etc., and after I fixed the bug as reported another bug was exposed 
and I fixed that too.  It was probably about an hour and a half fixing 
software I've never used in a language I make it a point to avoid, resulting 
in a patch that changed two lines.

Even if the changelog does get clobbered by a sync from debian, Uncle Google 
never forgets :)


Rocco Stanzione

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