Managing changelogs with dch

A quick (and fairly obvious, now I think about it) tip for anyone who doesn’t have time or inclination to manually insert dates and version numbers into changelogs: Debian’s dch command (part of the devscripts package) can be used for more than just Debian package changelogs…

First, create a changelog file and edit it:

export EMAIL=your@email.address.com.zz
dch --create -c /path/to/CHANGELOG

Then, when you have a new release, either increment the version:

dch -i -c /path/to/CHANGELOG

…or give it a new version number:

dch -v 1.0.5 -c /path/to/CHANGELOG

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