[Haskell-cafe] Diffs for hackage

David Fox ddssff at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 16:25:10 CEST 2011

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 5:18 AM, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
<ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13 August 2011 20:57, Joachim Breitner <mail at joachim-breitner.de> wrote:
>> Maybe it would already help to add a "changelog-file" field to .cabal,
>> just as with license-file, and reject packages on hackage that do not
>> have this field and file, and later decide if we need a more
>> standardized format for changelogs.
> I agree, but it would be nice to also have optional readme-file,
> todo-file and doc-files fields (the latter to let us avoid banging
> documentation in with "extra-source-files").
> As for a standardised format... I'm not sure if we need to enforce a
> particular format, as long as it's understandable.

Debian's packaging has a very strict changelog format where each entry
combines a log entry with the package name, the version number, the
author's name and email, and the date.  This creates a very nice,
centralized, authoritative source for these pieces of information that
can't be accidentally omitted or allowed to become stale.

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