Does debian/changelog have to be release specific?

cn flag

I want to create a debian source package that is suitable for multiple OS-releases.

Initially, I was targeting kinetic, and had this changelog format:

gfxi (1.3-1) kinetic; urgency=medium

  * Add install and uninstall targets to Makefile.


From the manual:

 distributions lists one or more space-separated distributions where this version should be
       installed when it is uploaded; it is copied to the Distribution field in the .changes
       file.  distributions must be terminated by a semicolon (U+003B ‘;’).

So I changed my changelog entry to:

gfxi (1.3-2) jammy kinetic lunar; urgency=medium

  * Add jammy and lunar releases.

The debuild -S command succeeds, but when I upload the debian source package to my PPA using dput, the builder comes back with:

Unable to find distroseries: jammy kinetic lunar
Further error processing not possible because of a critical previous error.

gfxi (1.3-2) jammy kinetic lunar; urgency=medium

  * Add jammy and lunar releases.

Am I reading the manual incorrectly? Why can't I list the OS releases in my changelog file?

pl flag

Sadly while you're right in that the specification for the changelog allows for it, launchpad PPA builders do not. So you have to craft a separate entry for each release you want to build for, and dput each one individually.

This has been asked before on this question, but it's a little buried in the comments.

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cn flag
Thank you. It is now a [bug report](
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