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I'm trying use dch -r to update the DEBFULLNAME, DEBEMAIL, and TIMESTAMP in a debian/changelog for automated building of a package.

Normally, I'd use dch with -r to do this. But this drops me into an interactive editor. Is it possible to suppress that and just save it immediately?

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Aha! Just specify an empty release string!

dch -r ""
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You can also set the distroseries without invoking the editor by adding the --distribution argument. This has always proven useful to me in switching from UNRELEASED. For example: 'dch -r "" --distribution quantal' – mfisch Jun 20 '12 at 4:13

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