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Re: [PATCH] Supporting git-merge-changelog

From: Paul Hilfinger
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Supporting git-merge-changelog
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 08:30:06 -0700

> Why do we still use the ChangeLogs?  git log is much
> more pleasant to use.  The only situation where it
> might be useful to have the ChangeLog is when we
> only have the tarball.  So we could generate ChangeLog
> from the git log at "make dist" time.  We would just
> write git logs like we used to write ChangeLogs.
> ChangeLogs were great because they are local and don't
> need to reach the repository.  Using git this is no longer
> a problem.

Not to be contrarian or anything (:->), but I'd be inclined to keep
using ChangeLogs because they are so much more pleasant to use than
git logs and their ilk.  I've never encountered the locality argument,
in fact.  For me, the fact that a ChangeLog contains an easily
searched change history AND allows the examination of individual
changes without need for special tools, scripts, etc., makes it a
pretty obvious technology for me.

I'm not sure why others prefer the metadata route provided  by most
version-control systems. Perhaps it's because it is reasonably suited
to the rather meager log entries we are inclined to make.

Paul Hilfinger

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