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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:38:38 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> No, you understood me correctly. However, I've just looked this up again
> and it turns out I was actually submitting a patch to Gnus, not
> Emacs.

I see.  Not sure how the Gnus guys did it, but in Emacs we asked for
"the diff (not including the change to the ChangeLog file)" plus "the
text to add to the ChangeLog file".  Then the guy who committed this
change would copy the ChangeLog text into the ChangeLog file *and* into
the commit message.

So the submitter did not see the duplication.  This was done not really
for the submitter's sake (tho she also benefitted) but because it's
easier to copy the ChangeLog text than to have to deal with the problem
of a patch that doesn't apply because the ChangeLog file has changed in
the mean time.

IOW, I understand your surprise, and Emacs submitters AFAIK haven't had
to deal with such situations, so it's not really relevant to this
whole discussion.


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