dch -r's Ubuntu behavior not documented in man page

Bug #347787 reported by Loïc Minier on 2009-03-24
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devscripts (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


dch -r's behavior is changed under Ubuntu: it will default to jaunty instead of the previous changelog entry or unstable; please document that in --help and man page doc.


Loïc Minier (lool) wrote :

NB: I actually find the change really counter-intuitive as I often use dch from Ubuntu to change Debian packages; I don't have anything to offer as a replacement behavior, I guess the change was to optimized for the most common case and the implementor thought that people could always force the releas with --release.

kroq-gar78 (kroq-gar78) wrote :

Should the change still be made to document the Ubuntu behavior?

Maarten Bezemer (veger) wrote :

The documentation and the behavior should be consistent. So, if the behavior has been changed, the documentation should change as well.

So the questions are:
 * is the behavior of `dch -r` still changed (as described by the OP)
 * is the documentation still not updated?

If both answers are yes, this report should stay open and get fixed soon, as this is already an old issue...

Note: If someone delivers the updates in the documentation, I am willing to send it upstream and get it updated,

Changed in devscripts (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for devscripts (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in devscripts (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired

Behavior in vivid is still to use the current distribution rather than look at the previous changelog entry [1] and the manual is still inconsistent with that [2]

[1] http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-branches/ubuntu/vivid/devscripts/vivid/view/head:/scripts/debchange.pl#L1396
[2] http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-branches/ubuntu/vivid/devscripts/vivid/view/head:/scripts/debchange.1#L176

Can this be documented please? It led me to upload something to the wrong distribution on a PPA and needed to reupload with a higher version because of that.

Changed in devscripts (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
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