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Re: Bazaar references complicate the git transition

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Bazaar references complicate the git transition
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:15:24 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

() Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden>
() Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:24:42 +0100

   Revision numbers in bug reports and mailing list messages also counts.

   IMHO a file mapping bzr revnos to git SHAs is TRT.

Right.  Operating only on the repo externalizes the "problem", but does
not eliminate it (and in fact sows confusion).  In any case, i think
this is a good opportunity (in the sense of "better sooner than later")
to switch to a VCS-neutral reference scheme for new ChangeLog entries.

I've suggested "DATE, TITLE" before, as that's what i use personally[0],
but i think that won't fly w/ Emacs unless TITLE becomes mandatory.

In hopes of "attacking the problem from above", i tried unsuccessfully
to get TITLE mandatory in the GNU Coding Standards, some years back.
Upon reflection (of the words of the discussion's other participants,
mostly :-D), i've come to accept that such conventions are best decided
at the individual project level, by its maintainers.

So, now i suggest the Emacs maintainers mandate TITLE in the ChangeLog,
and only pending that, the adoption of "DATE, TITLE" as a VCS-neutral
reference.  Otherwise, things can only grow hairier w/ time.

[0] E.g., see <http://www.gnuvola.org/software/> and choose any tarball.
    In some of the HACKING files, there is even more related verbiage!

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