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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:16:24 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.95 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>                                                                The vast
>   > majority of other software projects don't use them.
> Are you saying that most projects do not keep track of which functions
> are changed in each commit?

Yes, or at least not directly in the commit log.

> How can maintainers figure out how to solve problems without detailed
> log records to show them which previous changes they need to study?

They use the version control system. This provides different information
from the changelogs, of course. Worse in some cases, but better in
others. A function that is renamed, for example, but stays in the same
place in the file is better tracked by VC than a changelog.

> That "vast majority" -- how long have those projects been going?  GNU
> Emacs was first released over 30 years ago.

The vast majority are younger than Emacs, given that it's older than


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