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Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Is it time to drop ChangeLogs?
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:56:34 +0100
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Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
>> Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:37:36 -0400
>> > With all due respect, I think that is not true, not even close to
>> > being true.  The change log is tremendously better in all cases than
>> > any other method I've seen.  It is hard work to recover the change log
>> > from a diff.
>> But it's not like the VCS only has diffs to offer.
>> "git log" gives pretty much the same info as the ChangeLog.
> Only because we format commit log messages as we did with ChangeLog.
> The issue at hand was to stop requiring that.

I would suggest not the idea was not to no longer require changelog
format, but to replace it with something else.

There are two main problems with ChangeLog format -- first, it's just a
bit of a pain splitting the information into changes associated with
individual functions. The second, more substantive issue, is that it
focuses the mind too much on how we have changed things rather than why,
at least in my experience.

For myself, it's a pretty minor issue compared to having some pull
request queue software, so I will comment no further.


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