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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: address@hidden: Re: bitkeeper comments]

From: Björn Lindström
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: address@hidden: Re: bitkeeper comments]
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 20:18:49 +0200
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Tom Lord <address@hidden> writes:

> Linus mentioned two problems he wanted to 
> [...]
> (b) back-annotating old log messages, for example to declare that a
> patch did not, in fact, fix a bug that the log message claims it does
> [...]
> (b) is interesting, but there isn't enough context here to decide what
> the right approach is in arch. Certainly, such back-annotations are
> potentially useful. They would not be done in arch by changing old log
> messages, but by adding new data.

Maybe it should be possible to remove a specific patch, without
removing later patches. That is, to get the diff between to older
versions, and apply the reverse change on the current source. Then you
could add a comment about the removal of the patch to that new
change. That would mean keeping the change as well as the removal in
the history of the project, which is probably a good thing.

If there is a long time between the adding and removal of the patch,
it will probably get hairy, but if the change was recent, I think it
would mostly work.

Björn Lindström <address@hidden>

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