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Re: X facts about Debian - some fact checking and looking for ideas.




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On 28/08/2017, Guillem Jover <guillem@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi!
>
> On Mon, 2017-08-28 at 12:50:48 +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
>> It did take a little while for the current format to evolve.  For
>> example, very early source packages had changes recorded in a
>> "debian.README" file in somewhat ad-hoc formats.
>>
>> I think the current changelog format arrived with dpkg 1.3.x in August
>> 1996 (https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/1996/08/msg00369.html etc.),
>> but true old-timers might remember more.
>
> I think it's older than that. But it might not have been "formalized"
> until that point because there was no tool to parse it automatically
> before then.
>
> Check the tail of the dpkg changelog, which is one of the oldest ones
> I know is still currently present in unstable, and you'll see that
> evolution taking place:
>
>
> <http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/d/dpkg/unstable_changelog>
>
> Thanks,
> Guillem
>


Dear Guillem,

Thank you for pointing in the right direction.

The first thing I wanted to find out, the separation of changelogs
happened in 1998 according to dpkg changelogs.

dpkg (1.4.0.22) frozen unstable; urgency=medium

  * Non-maintainer bug-fix release
  * Install main changelog file as `changelog.gz' instead of
    `changelog.dpkg.gz' (Debian Policy, section 5.8) (Bug#6052,15157)
.......

.......

 Juan Cespedes <cespedes@xxxxxxxxxx>  Sun,  5 Apr 1998 17:37:01 +0200


And the earliest mention as correctly pointed out by you started In
August 1994 itself.


Thu Aug 25 11:46:27 1994  Ian Murdock  (imurdock@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)

..........

..........

ChangeLog begins Thu Aug 25 11:46:27 1994 for dpkg 0.93.5.

which means it was there from starting itself.

Thank you again for sharing that.

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