ChangeLogs in commit messages

Doug Evans
Tue Sep 9 16:25:00 GMT 2014

On Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:51 AM, James Hogan <> wrote:
> On 08/09/14 14:24, Joel Brobecker wrote:
>>> IMHO this is a really bad idea.
>> I wouldn't say "a really bad", but I tend to agree with the reasoning.
>> It's a bit unnatural to me that git would chose to show the author
>> date by default over the commit date
> From the patch author point of view, cleaning up a patchset by
> interactive rebasing, or rebasing to keep their branch up to date, I
> think the author date probably is more natural, and in less linear
> histories (look at Linux repo for example) I suspect the commit date
> wouldn't be as meaningful.

Authors come and go, and, for me as an author, after six months I
would certainly prefer to see in the upstream tree a date as close as
possible to when the patch was pushed upstream.
[plus the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few ... 1/2 :-)]

> [...] It'd be nice if
> something similar was possible with git-blame.


> You can add new pretty formats too, e.g.
> [pretty]
>         fullcommit = "commit %H\nAuthor:     %an <%ae>\nCommitDate: %cd\n\n%B"
> [format]
>         pretty=fullcommit
> This shows author name, but commit date, but I didn't figure out how to
> indent the body like pretty=fuller does.

Interesting, thanks!

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