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debian-changelog-line-too-short

The given line of the latest changelog entry appears to contain a very terse entry.

This can make it hard for others to understand the changelog entry. Please keep in mind that:

  • It is not uncommon that people read changelog entries that are more than a decade old to understand why a change was made or why a package works in a specific way.
  • Many users will read the changelog via apt-listchanges(1)
  • The information in debian/changelog is permanent.

Examples for entries that are too short include "dh 11" or simply "R³" - these could be expanded to, for example:

  • Switch to debhelper compat 11.
  • Set Rules-Requires-Root: no.

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit c1c05b0. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/changelog.

Visibility: pedantic

The following 29 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 62 times (in any Lintian version).

There were no overrides.