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Re: Generating the ChangeLog files from the commit messages

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Generating the ChangeLog files from the commit messages
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:12:55 -0800
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On 11/19/2014 08:04 PM, Yuri Khan wrote:
What is the existing practice for such cases?

Existing practice elsewhere is to have just one generated ChangeLog file, at the top level. If we had done this for Emacs from day one, we'd have a ChangeLog file of about 25 MB. Although this would have been too large in the old days, nowadays it's not such a big deal, as computers typically have way more than 25 MB. When I open a 25 MB ChangeLog file with Emacs, it appears instantaneously on my screen, and I can navigate through it without delays.

I prefer having a single ChangeLog file to having smaller ChangeLog* files in various locations, as it's a bit easier to scout through history that way. The patch that I've proposed in Bug#19113 doesn't go that far, though; it merely arranges for future git commit messages to be copied into the top-level ChangeLog. Perhaps coalescing the historical ChangeLog files could be done in a followon patch.

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