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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 23:57:39 -0800
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Kelvin White wrote:
there is a separate ChangeLog file in the lisp/erc
directory. How would I deal with this regarding this topic. Should it be
merged or removed?

The idea is that lisp/erc files could be maintained just as other files are, i.e., changes to them should be accompanied by commit messages in ChangeLog format. This will require a change in practice when committing erc changes. For example, the message for your commit ea283d2 dated November 9 was merely "Update version to 24.5", and this commit altered lisp/erc/ChangeLog. Under the proposed procedure, the commit message would instead use ChangeLog format preceded by a summary line and a blank line, e.g.:

  Update Emacs version for erc.

  * lisp/erc/erc-match.el, lisp/erc/erc-join.el, lisp/erc/erc-stamp.el:
  * lisp/erc/erc-backend.el, lisp/erc/erc.el, lisp/erc/erc-button.el:
  Update version to 24.5.

(but not indented), and there would be no change to the ChangeLog because there would be no ChangeLog file in the repository.

As a historical matter, lisp/erc/ChangeLog would be renamed to lisp/erc/ChangeLog.09 and wouldn't change thereafter.

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