[webkit-dev] I *HATE* CHANGELOGS!!!

Alex Milowski alex at milowski.org
Wed Aug 26 20:30:24 PDT 2009

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM, Darin Adler<darin at apple.com> wrote:
> I love reading change logs, though. I do this roughly once a week all year
> long. I try looking at trac or svn blame first, but typically I am unable to
> find the change I am looking for this way. Then, the ChangeLog files, my
> good friends, invariably work for finding the change by searching for key
> words or function names. I get lots of history about the bug, including bug
> numbers that point me at bugs.webkit.org and even Apple’s internal Radar.
> And I often use the date to follow up reading the change in trac.

If some people find them useful, why not just store them as separate
files in some directory with associated metadata (most importantly, date)
and then generate the ChangeLog text file by a trigger on subversion?  That
should be a simple perl script to write (I'd even volunteer).

That is, when a change log entry is checked into that special directory,
the script runs and checks in a new copy of the ChangeLog text file.  The
entries would be sorted by date and other metadata (e.g. author's e-mail)
and then there would be no real "conflicts".

--Alex Milowski
"The excellence of grammar as a guide is proportional to the paucity of the
inflexions, i.e. to the degree of analysis effected by the language

Bertrand Russell in a footnote of Principles of Mathematics

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