Subject: Re: Please stop change logs in CVS commit messages
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/10/2001 20:51:53
On Tue, Jul 10, 2001 at 02:49:47PM -0400, Todd Vierling wrote:
> This practice of committing with changelogs has got to stop.  People have
> asked why I think it's a stupid idea and have "suggested" that I do so in my
> commits, and I'm continuing to refuse to do so.  Attached you'll find a
> perfect counterexample that shows how unreasonable this policy is.

Au contraire, the practice of committing a SUMMARY of the changes
to the previous version stays in place.

You would be far better asking the person who comitted the large
summary very kindly, in private mail, to be a bit more succinct.

Whilst I agree that 40K is a tad verbose as a precis, people who do
not add a SUMMARY of the changes will be kindly asked to modify the
commit message after the fact.

Thanks for your cooperation,
> All this does is add a lot more clutter to CVS files, and has very little
> advantage otherwise.  Remember that if you commit with a big commit message,
> *every* file touched with that commit grows by that amount in the CVS
> repository.
> Leave documentation files to provide documentation.  That's not what CVS
> commit logs are meant to hold.  If you want more descriptive change log
> entries, how about a short manually written note that describes why a
> package is added or upgraded?  (And yes, "many bug fixes" should be
> sufficient.)
> : Module Name:	doc
> : Committed By:	nra
> : Date:		Tue Jul 10 17:53:18 UTC 2001
> :
> : Modified Files:
> : 	doc: pkg-CHANGES
> :
> : Log Message:
> : Note update of xpmroot to version 2.4.0.  PR #13374 by Martti Kuparinen.
> :
>   [*40K* of change log entries]
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