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[http://people.debian.org/~zugschlus/wiki.debian.net/EditChanges/editchanges editchanges] is a small shellscript that helps manage the changelog of a Debian host. [[http://people.debian.org/~zugschlus/wiki.debian.net/EditChanges/editchanges|editchanges]] is a small shellscript that helps manage the changelog of a Debian host.

editchanges

editchanges is a small shellscript that helps manage the changelog of a Debian host.

Features

  • flexible choice of editors, honoring the local user's settings.
  • rudimentary locking
  • makes sure that the changelog starts with the system's current /etc/motd

  • Positions the editor's insertion point on a newly created changelog entry after invocation
  • dumps changelog diff to syslog after editor was called to allow traceability and transparency. This will also prod somebody skimming the syslog to a change that was made (probably helping her find the cause for a behavior change of the system).

Todo

  • Add possiblity to give changelog entry on command line (like cvs commit -m) for automatic processing.