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Re: [PATCH] Make commit preformatted message have 78 characters wide

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-07-12 03:17:37 CEST

"Francois Beausoleil" <fbos@users.sourceforge.net> writes:
> This is a smallish patch that changes the look of the commit message
> prefix, when the message is to be edited. Instead of just printing "This
> line and ...", it marks out 78 characters wide, thereby allowing a
> committer to format the message according to this width.
> Please note that I have not compiled or tested this. I do not have
> access to VS. But, such a simple change should not break anything, I
> hope :)

Thanks for the patch; no it shouldn't break anything :-), but imho
it's actually not such a good change either. The convention of

   --some separator message--

while perhaps not quite as well established as, say, the international
postal system, is still substantial enough that people's eyes are
trained to look for it.

For example, near the top of the buffer I'm typing in right now is a
line that says

   --text follows this line--

to tell me where my mail headers end and my message begins.

We should let text editors help people with width, that's what they're
for. It's not Subversion's job to provide a ruler.


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Received on Sat Jul 12 04:10:11 2003

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