[webkit-dev] Moving ChangeLog-date files into their own subdirectory?

Brady Eidson beidson at apple.com
Wed May 7 21:02:38 PDT 2014

On May 7, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Steven Coul (scoul) <scoul at cisco.com> wrote:

> Okay, 
> But then, information in the change logs is also mirrored in the repo log. For instance, could you not do “git log | grep <whatever>” ?

WebKit is stored in an svn repository, not a git repository.

SVN stores history on the server and `svn log` requires networking, so ChangeLogs are invaluable for contributors who prefer svn.  And some of those committers are invaluable to the project.

> If we are not going to keep functional but currently unused code visible, why bother with ancient-history ?

Indeed, we remove dead code with the notion that it can always be resurrected from history.

Commit history is how one would determine when/why that code was removed, and I believe the project considers ChangeLogs to be the local copy of that commit history that everybody has.


> On May 7, 2014, at 8:05 PM, Darin Adler <darin at apple.com> wrote:
>> On May 7, 2014, at 3:51 PM, Steven Coul (scoul) <scoul at cisco.com> wrote:
>>> Or just remove them?
>> I grep them all the time. I don’t think removing them would be a good thing.
>> Many projects use the configuration management system’s own change logging system rather than an explicit text file, but that’s not how we’ve been doing things in WebKit.
>> — Darin
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