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Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Ema

From: João Távora
Subject: Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Emacs? WAS: Re: Making Emacs more friendly to newcomers
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2020 20:38:35 +0100

On Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 15:36 Dmitry Gutov <dgutov@yandex.ru> wrote:
On 13.06.2020 14:59, Konstantin Kharlamov wrote:
> no other projects require
> writing down a list of functions I changed just for the fun of it

As a reviewer, there's something to be said about having an overview of
the whole diff (which can get long) in a few paragraphs on top of the
patch. A good commit message like that actually makes a lot of things
clear in advance.

+1. I even use this for my own projects or projects where it's not required. Producing that list is a last self-reviewing step that summarizes _how_ the change was implemented. The diff itself is the ultimate source, but a summary is it very welcome.

Of course most good commit messages don't stop there, they also explain the _why_.

In general, Konstantin. I think your "for fun" exemplifies how you and many others think of these procedures as spurious, or gratuitous. But they're not, they exist because she people, whom you may disagree with, find them useful.



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