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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:48:13 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> CC: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden
> Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:23:48 -0500
> Even though Git does not permit editing a commit message _as such_, we
> can provide, at a higher level, a way to correct old commit messages.
> Maintaining a ChangeLog file in the repository is one way to do this,
> but if it has flaws in the case of merging, can we design another mechanism
> for the job that solves the problems with merging?

The known mechanisms are user-unfriendly, in that they require to
write the corrections as editing commands for Perl or some other
Sed-like facility.  This is too error prone for a feature that should
be usable by non-experts.

A facility that could be considered is one that allows to type the
correction as plain text which should replace the existing text in the
Git log.  We haven't found such a facility yet.  "git replace" sounds
like a promising alternative, though.

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