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Re: [RFC] ChangeLog generation script

On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 7:44 AM Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 3:10 AM Paul Eggert <> wrote:
> > Zack Weinberg wrote:
> > > I find *writing*
> > > changelog entries by hand to be a valuable discipline.  It forces me
> > > to read every line of the patch I'm about to submit, and I've caught
> > > mistakes dozens of times because of it.
> >
> > That's fine, and you can continue doing that even after we have a script. Other
> > "stop and think twice" techniques work better for me, in the sense that they
> > find mistakes more efficiently than ChangeLog-writing does. (Reading the diff is
> > one of these techniques.) The goal is developing and maintaining the best
> > software we can with the limited resources we have.
> To be clear, I wasn't saying that everyone should do it my way; I was
> only presenting an example of why someone who finds very little use
> for the historical information in the ChangeLog files might still not
> mind writing entries by hand (and therefore wants to concentrate on
> other ways in which ChangeLog maintenance is a pain).

Same here.  Writing ChangeLog helps me better understand my changes.
I always include my ChangeLog in my commit messages, for glibc, GCC
and binutils.  It will be nice to have a script to generate a ChangeLog template
so that I can fill in the gaps.


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