Natty: Where did my changelogs go?

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Mon Nov 22 00:26:52 GMT 2010

On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 08:12:00AM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> ]] "Cody A.W. Somerville" 

> | I don't understand how the inclusion of the chanelog has anything to do with
> | compliance of that section of the gpl for files other than the changelog its
> | self. That section is specifying that if you edit a file you must ensure you
> | include a notice in the file that you modified (not some other file) and
> | that the notice must include the date you made the change. I don't see any
> | provision in the gpl for those notices to be aggregated or expressed via a
> | changelog but I'm not a lawyer so maybe someone can enlighten me?

> Historically, at least in Debian, inclusion of the changelog has been
> deemed sufficient, rather than having the do the extra work of marking
> each file as changed.  I believe it complies with the spirit, if not the
> letter of the GPL.

If this complies with the spirit of the GPL but not the letter, how does
moving the changelog so that the same information is available in the source
and on the web, but doesn't accompany the binary package, change the

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