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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2016 01:22:11 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)


John Wiegley <address@hidden> writes:

>  On Sun, Mar 06 2016 13:07 (-0800), John Wiegley wrote:
>> I have always wanted to drop the ChangeLogs, so if the other developers 
>> agree,
>> I'm all for it. Keeping ChangeLog style in the commit entry is not terribly
>> useful either, since the diff output of log -p lets you know which function 
>> or
>> variable is being modified. I've never missed not having that ChangeLog data
>> in other projects, of any size. But that's up to the other developers and 
>> what
>> makes their lives easier.
> I'd like to open this up to discussion on emacs-devel, so that we hear from
> our other developers. What do you all think about ChangeLogs, and their value
> to you in your work on Emacs?

Discussing such thing seems reasonable.  However I don't think any
decision should be made by Emacs developpers on their own.  Change Logs
are part of the GCS so relaxing their requirement should be made at a
GNU level instead.

In my short experience, Change Logs has generally been useful both when
reading and composing them.  When writing them it helps me structure
large changes in logical commits that are modelled by the Change Log
format.  Finally It helps me being precise in my wordings which is not
trivial for non-native english speakers.

On a more spiritual side, I think they belong to the zen of contributing
to a GNU project.  :)

Mathieu Lirzin

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