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Re: Lack of update information

On Mon, 26 Jan 2009, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:

Is rpm still this other-worldly tool which we're not allowed to
change, even for blindingly obvious stuff like needing an identical
%clean section in every RPM in the world?

Heh, too bad names like "Plan-9" and "alien" are already taken ;)

Sure we can and do change rpm, but changes in rpm world tend to take ages to get actually deployed & used. Yes, even in Fedora.

Anyway, _if_ we are allowed to change rpm, then we could have

 %doc(changelog) ChangeLog

which would be the upstream changelog, and other tools could pull this
out and display it to end users to their hearts' content.

And it would involve only minimal extra effort for packagers.

But what exactly would that solve? The ChangeLog file would be in the rpm payload, so the contents are only accessible after the package has already been installed. The intended audience here seems to be "end users", to whom the raw upstream SCM changelogs aren't often that useful. Somebody has to actually write the nice end-user friendly executive summaries for packages, they unfortunately don't come to existence by wishing :)

If it's the Bodhi update messages we're primarily talking about here, then how about just adding an optional field for a link to the upstream release notes/summary for the upstreams that happen to provide nice end-user friendly release summaries?

	- Panu -

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