[Haskell-cafe] Diffs for hackage

David Fox ddssff at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 17:34:16 CEST 2011

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM, Joachim Breitner
<mail at joachim-breitner.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am Sonntag, den 14.08.2011, 00:29 +1000 schrieb Ivan Lazar Miljenovic:
>> On 14 August 2011 00:25, David Fox <ddssff at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 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.
>> Is this for the actual Debian packages, or even for source tarballs
>> that they get from upstream?
> it’s for the packaging work, here is an example:
> http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/g/ghc/ghc_7.0.4-4/changelog
> But I think David is suggesting to adapt a similarly formatted changelog
> file for Cabal packages, e.g. to display them on hackage. I am all for
> that, as long as it does not prevent the introduction of changelogs
> (e.g. by excessive bikeshedding or by having people lose interest
> again).

If anyone wants to take a look, there is a parser for Debian's
changelog format in the debian package, module Debian.Changes:

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