ChangeLogs in commit messages

Joel Brobecker brobecker@adacore.com
Wed Sep 10 16:28:00 GMT 2014


> > E.g., I suspect this patch:
> >
> >   https://sourceware.org/ml/gdb-patches/2014-08/msg00650.html
> >
> > will end up with both Gary's and Tom's name in the ChangeLog,
> > but that's really just a guess.
> >
> > This makes it impossible for someone else to push the patch
> > other than the submitter, because not all the info is there.
> >
> > It's a bigger issue even if someone posts a patch written or
> > co-written by someone that might not have copyright
> > assignment in place.
> >
> > I think author info must be explicit in patch submissions
> > somehow.

That's probably the strongest argument in favor of putting
the full ChangeLog entry in the revision log. I'm just having
a hard time accepting the fact that we going to include a date
in the revision log which could be wrong because added by hand.
And once it's pushed, there is no going back, so no way to fix it.

Recognizing the fact that the majority of patches have one single
author who is also the submitter, perhaps we could use the no-date/
no-author format for those cases, and provide a way to specify
for those few times where necessary? Seems complicated, perhaps...

-- 
Joel



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