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bug#9847: [PATCH 3/3] maint: use gnulib's gitlog-to-changelog instead of

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: bug#9847: [PATCH 3/3] maint: use gnulib's gitlog-to-changelog instead of a ChangeLog file.
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:14:47 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Mon, 31 Oct 2011, Peter Rosin wrote:

Sorry for the late response, but *all* relevant info from the ChangeLog is
generally *not* included in the git commit message. E.g. commit 72266fce
"docs: improve description of -no-undefined." where the mention of
co-author Matěj Týč is thrown out the window by this change.

Loss of this sort of information is indeed a significant concern since the FSF "publishes" the software (with each FSF package being registered with the US copyright office) and the ChangeLog file is a formal part of that publication. Submission of changesets into a shared repository is unlikely to constitute legal publication in most countries. The FSF needs to keep track of every contributor in order to be able to defend the package's copyright status.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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