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Re: ChangeLogs in the elpa branch

From: joakim
Subject: Re: ChangeLogs in the elpa branch
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:45:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 09:10, Glenn Morris <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Stefan Monnier wrote:
>>> I think this just reflects the better support in change-log-mode, with
>>> highlighting, C-x 4 a and things like that.
>> I disagree, I think people take more care with ChangeLogs.
> I'm with Glenn again. And part of the fact is, IMO, the immediacy of
> writting the commit logs. I'd bet not many people write them at a
> leisurely pace before even starting the commit.

A ChangeLog is somewhat similar to a Tag. That is, when you are pleased
with something you write a little more detail than you usually do in
commits. So, in bazaar you could presumably work on a branch, committing
as usual. Before you merge to trunk you optionaly tag, then merge. The
Tag will contain the fantastically superior commit message. This could
potentially even be an improvement over the ChangeLog format which
sometimes is a bit terse IMHO.

That said I don't have a strong opinion. I personally don't like the
hassle of the ChangeLogs for small changes. Historically I haven't made
many small changes to Emacs so I don't get hit often. Instead I've made
some larger patches and when merging them handling the ChangeLog is the
least of my worries.

Anyway, compared to many projects I'm involved Emacs is a shining beacon
of light with regards to the lucidity of the commit history so whatever
changes we do we should preserve that aspect. 

>     Juanma

Joakim Verona

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