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Re: Changelogs, really useful?

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Changelogs, really useful?
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:28:33 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Deniz Dogan <address@hidden> writes:

> 2010/8/6 Richard Riley <address@hidden>:
>> Deniz Dogan <address@hidden> writes:
>>> 2010/8/6 Andrea Crotti <address@hidden>:
>>>> It's not really a question about emacs maybe (even if we can automate
>>>> things) but more general about programming...
>>>> I was wondering if it's still so useful to write detailed Changelogs.
>>>> I mean all the software is under revision control, and doing small
>>>> commits often I write a commit message for only one function, which
>>>> would be exactly what I add in the changelog.
>>>> I don't like to write things twice, and also history in the control
>>>> revision system is much more detailed, does it really make sense to add
>>>> changelogs?
>>>> I think that only the changes that involve the architecture or how to
>>>> use the software should be really important, but the default style on
>>>> emacs is quite detailed.
>>>> How do you manage?
>>>> Write twice? Write only in the changelog/scm? Other?
>>>> Thanks
>>> I suspect it's nice to have a changelog as a file just to be able to
>>> put it online or wherever people would find it useful. Not everyone
>>> enjoys or knows how to see the bzr log.
>>> Also, consider that the changelog file was introduced before bzr,
>>> which meant that without it people would have to look in a CVS log.
>>> (Those poor people!)
>> Generate the changelog from the VCS in use when you Make the program.
> Sometimes the changelog isn't the same as the commit message. The
> changelog can be more vague in its description of what was changed
> whereas the commit message may include many details.

Sure. I was just throwing it out there as a possibility in the
discussion. It's quite common in git circles to do just that and people
commit msg accordingly.

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