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Re: `about-emacs' - what about the revno?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: `about-emacs' - what about the revno?
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:57:27 +0300

> From: "Drew Adams" <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 08:38:15 -0700
> When a bug that I filed gets fixed, sometimes the developer who fixes it lets 
> me
> know which "revno" it is fixed in.  E.g. "This bug is now fixed (revno 
> 101110)."
> I do not build Emacs myself, and I have no idea what the "revno" corresponds 
> to
> or how/where to find it in an existing Emacs build (binary).
> When I do `C-h C-a', or when I submit a bug, I see only an identifier like 
> this:
> GNU Emacs (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
>  of 2010-08-16 on 3249CTO
> If the "revno" is important info for identifying an Emacs build, then perhaps 
> we
> should include it in such user-facing info.  If not, then perhaps developers
> could refer in some other way (by date?) to the code that contains a given 
> fix.

This has come up before, but the discussion was inconclusive (IIRC)
because of 2 reasons:

  . revno is not unique: two different branches can have the same
    revno for two very different code bases

  . revision-id, an alternative method of specifying a revision, _is_
    unique, but it's long and a mouthful:


In general, a bugfix should appear in the ChangeLog files with the bug
number, so you should be able to track bugfxes that way.

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