dch --release does not defaulted to previous released distribution

Bug #1721838 reported by Chad Smith on 2017-10-06
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Bug Description

On Xenial, trying to release a package targeted for zesty:

$ dpkg-query -W devscripts
devscripts 2.16.2ubuntu3

info dch says:
       --release, -r
              Finalize the changelog for a release. Update the changelog
              timestamp. If the distribution is set to UNRELEASED, change it
              to the distribution from the previous changelog entry (or
              another distribution as specified by --distribution).

Yet on Ubuntu Xenial if I dch --release on a product where debian/changelog contains changelogs referencing zesty, my resulting debian/changelog diff still is set to xenial

$ head -n 10 debian/changelog
curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1ubuntu1) UNRELEASED; urgency=medium

  * test dch --release

 -- Chad Smith <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:44:36 -0600

curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1) zesty; urgency=medium

  * New upstream snapshot. (LP: #1721808)
    - vmtest: fix artful networking

$ dch --release

$ bzr diff
=== modified file 'debian/changelog'
--- debian/changelog 2017-10-06 17:45:19 +0000
+++ debian/changelog 2017-10-06 17:55:43 +0000
@@ -1,8 +1,8 @@
-curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1ubuntu1) UNRELEASED; urgency=medium
+curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

   * something

- -- Chad Smith <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:44:36 -0600
+ -- Chad Smith <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:55:37 -0600

 curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1) zesty; urgency=medium

curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1ubuntu1) UNRELEASED; urgency=medium

  * something

 -- Chad Smith <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:44:36 -0600

curtin (0.1.0~bzr532-0ubuntu1~17.04.1) zesty; urgency=medium

  * New upstream snapshot. (LP: #1721808)
    - vmtest: fix artful networking

Chad Smith (chad.smith) wrote :

This bug looks like it is likely the same intent as https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/devscripts/+bug/1655717

summary: - dch --release does not defaut to previous released distribution
+ dch --release does not defaulted to previous released distribution
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