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Re: Contribution checklist v2

On 10/7/19 4:32 PM, Joseph Myers wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Oct 2019, Siddhesh Poyarekar wrote:
>> PS: I've dropped the ChangeLog section in that page and replaced it with
>> a note pointing to the changelog generation script.
> Note that the release checklist 
> <> needs updating to include the 
> step of adding the generated ChangeLog in the release.  I think that comes 
> right after updating version.h and features.h, and before tagging: run the 
> script (in some way that needs to be documented) and commit the results as 
> ChangeLog.  That thereby ensures the ChangeLog is in release tarballs 
> without needing to change how those tarballs are created.
> I think ChangeLog should be renamed now (at the point where we stop 
> writing ChangeLog entries manually) to ChangeLog.old/ChangeLog.19.
> Then, another step in the release process, after branching, along with 
> updating version.h and NEWS, should be renaming that generated ChangeLog 
> for the previous release to the next ChangeLog.old/ChangeLog.<number>.  So 
> the normal state on master would be that there is no file called 
> ChangeLog, just ChangeLog.old/*, but that release tarballs do include 
> ChangeLog with the changes from the most recent release (and changes from 
> previous releases in ChangeLog.old/*).

Fully agreed. I will work with Siddhesh to make sure we get this done for
the next release in February 2020.


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