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Re: git history tracking across renames (and emacs support)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: git history tracking across renames (and emacs support)
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:24:57 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I'm not saying that commit messages should *never* mention file or function
> names; far from it. Just that our current style emphasizes them too much,
> and that we'd be better off spending our limited resources on commit
> messages that emphasize motivation instead of enumerating trivia.

Agreed.  I find the ChangeLog format is not a bad starting point, but
it tends to encourage paraphrasing the change instead of explaining it,
so we need to be careful to try and avoid that pitfall.

Also we need to "interpret" the ChangeLog guidelines in the context of
tools such as vc-region-history where we don't need to look through the
ChangeLog just to know when a given piece of code was modified.


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