[webkit-dev] Changes to prepare-ChangeLog

Ojan Vafai ojan at chromium.org
Thu Jul 9 13:45:58 PDT 2009

While having consistency in changelog descriptions is nice, I'm not sure we
need to explicitly deal with the case of having multiple authors or multiple
bugs for a change. Those are rare enough situations that it's fine for
people to include that information however they want.
Or, if you don't agree with me, we can at least make those a separate
discussion. It would be nice if this discussion could focus on what goes in
the default text of a changelog description.

The original goal here was to reduce the number of patches that get r-'ed
for unnecessary changelog errors. Multiple authors rarely, if ever, results
in an r-. Similarly, multiple bugs is rarely an issue for new contributors.


On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:

> On 2009-07-09, at 08:02, Joe Mason wrote:
>  Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>> Now that my attention has been called to it, it's starting to bug me that
>>> everyone formats their ChangeLog entries slightly differently. How about
>>> this as the canonical format (with prepare-ChangeLog encouraging it)?
>> That reminds me: how do we format a patch with multiple authors?  I've
>> been doing this:
>>  2009-07-08  Maciej Stachowiak  <mjs at apple.com>
>>>       Make prepare-ChangeLog less shouty
>>>       https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=27098
>> >         Authors: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com>, Joe Mason <
>> joe.mason at torchmobile.com>
>>>       Reviewed by Mark Rowe.
>>>       * Scripts/prepare-ChangeLog:
>> So, the main author (or whichever one is submitting the patch if that's
>> unclear) in the header, then a separate "Authors" line above the Reviewer
>> line with everyone who deserves credit.
> I've never seen this format used in WebKit patches.
> - Mark
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