ambiguity in the guidelines

seth vidal skvidal at
Wed Jul 5 20:30:14 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-07-05 at 22:19 +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> seth vidal wrote:
> > Hey,
> >  I'd love to hear more comments on this
> >
> > 
> > 
> > I've read the guidelines and I don't see where it mandates the format of
> > the changelog lines.
> > 
> The guidelines indeed don't mandate this. However everybody does it.
> I've not apprioved reviews because of the rpmlint warning not doing this
> causes.
> More importantly, without adding the version its really hard to find out
> what exactly changed with which release. So even if you can pin a
> problem down to showing up after a certain release, you still do not
> know what has caused the problem.
> I believe the guidelines must be fixed to make adding the version to the
> changelog a must! Then the only ambiguity left is that some people put
> " - " between the email and the version and others only " ". Now i think
> that both are ok as long as they are used consistent within a package.

I think it should not be a must - it overloads a field.

the tag name in the rpm header is:


notice it doesn't say 'changelogname and other arbitrary crap'

it says changelogname.

if we want version-specific info stored per-changelog entry then we need
a new tag.


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