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RE: annotate vs blame

From: Noel Yap <yap_noel_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-08-29 22:45:00 CEST

--- Darryl Melander <djmelan@sandia.gov> wrote:
> > Like I said before, IMHO, blame is
> counter-productive
> > due to its negative connotations.
> >
> > Does anyone else feel either way about the name
> for
> > this functionality?
> I do. For one thing, finding out *when* a section
> of code was modified is
> just as common as checking *who* modified the code,
> at least in my use of
> the functionality. I also use it to figure out what
> else was committed at
> the same time as a given chunk of code. Even with
> atomic commits, you'll
> need to use annotate/blame to find out the revision
> number at which the
> lines were introduced. I have a problem with
> "blame" because it only
> implies *who*; it has no connotation of *when* or
> *with what*. Calling it
> blame may reduce how often it is used for these very
> useful tasks.

This is also a very good point and one of my common
uses for annotate.

> The difficulty lies in finding a suitable
> alternative. I like "attribute"
> as a verb, but everyone will think of it as the noun
> and get confused.
> Maybe "trace" would work, but that word has a
> million meanings as well.

It seems to me (but I'm usually in the minority in
these things) that what annotate/blame is doing is
giving a very detailed log of the element. Would
anyone be opposed to making this functionality an
option to "log"? OTOH, this would break simple CVS
transitioning unless there's still an "annotate"


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