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Re: Log messages (or lack thereof) in SVN

From: Enrico Sersale
Subject: Re: Log messages (or lack thereof) in SVN
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 15:43:34 +0300

On 2006-06-20 07:37:20 +0300 Andrew Ruder <address@hidden> wrote:

On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:16:35PM -0400, Chuck Robey wrote:
I think it ought to be possible to require a minumum number of words of comment in any commit; it was possible to force cvs to do this. Personally, I tihknk its a fine idea, because theres often to other way to force folks to add comments.

It *is* possible to do this in the pre-commit hook; however, I do not
think we have direct access to this hook with gna.  Not that it really
helps unless people really actively try to document their changes.

"tweaks to make things better"

isn't really any better than no message at all even if it does fit a
minimum word criteria.

- Andy

And just for the record (I'll not name any names; I'd imagine you know
who you are), the primary violator of the "no blank commit messages"
suggestion has used a commit message on 4 of his last 100 commits (2 of
which were made today).  The diff for these same 100 commits comes to a

384 files changed, 59082 insertions(+), 9840 deletions(-)

I pray that nobody ever must decipher what has changed over the last
several months.

Well, these commits are only in the gworkspace repository; I was thinking that there are 
not many people interested in what has changed in each commit because I'm the only person 
that works at this project... But, if the annoying thing is the "empty log 
message" phrase itself, I'll think to a default commit message to use. Any 

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