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Re: [PATCH] release.py: write-changelog function (POC)

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:04:35 +0100

On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 11:01 PM, Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_apache.org> wrote:
> Johan Corveleyn wrote:
>> [...]
>> Hm, yes, I agree with the "don't write the same thing twice". But
>> perhaps the "general description" above the list of affected files
>> would be a better place:
> [...]
>> Though, indeed, we're not required to always have a "general
>> description", and can just start with the affected files, if the
>> change is simple. So ... not sure.
>> That's the thing I'm most uncertain of at the moment: how to fit this
>> scheme precisely into our current log message style, without
>> interfering too much, keeping them as readable as possible for human
>> readers.
>> Maybe a syntax with '@' would be better, like annotations in Java or
>> doxygen. Like:
> [...]
>> or as a suffix:
> [...]
>> Just thinking out loud here ...
> [...]> Hmmmm
> Now you're over-thinking it. What you said first, what you use at work, is
> fine. Run with it!

Hehe, maybe :-).

OTOH: Subversion also has a 15+ year old log message style that has
served it well. Before giving this system a try (if we agree we
should), I think we should think carefully how to fit this into the
existing style, without breaking it. It's especially important to get
some buy-in from the people who create the most commits, and that's
certainly not me :-).

At work we have no such strong log message style as SVN. We limit
ourselves to a couple of lines, and every line is *required* to have
such a "tagged" prefix (which is enforced by a pre-commit hook, which
on error gives a reminder of the precise syntax). It also looks a
little different, with square brackets around the different parts:

   [U][General][SVN-1111] Fix crash in 'svn co'.

(the issue annotation is optional, the other two are mandatory).

    [D][API] Add new api svn__blah() as entry point to the blahing feature.

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