[webkit-dev] Proposal: Immediate Deprecation of ChangeLogs

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Tue May 10 14:24:28 PDT 2022

I don't think we should this. We haven't even had enough discussions about
whether we want to deprecate change logs or not.

On Tue, May 10, 2022 at 13:32 Jonathan Bedard via webkit-dev <
webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org> wrote:

> A few weeks ago, I started a discussion about deprecating ChangeLogs. In
> that time, we’ve had more folks using the pull-request workflow and more
> folks using newer versions of `git` which break automatic ChangeLog
> rebasing. I propose that on Monday, May 16th, we implement the following
> policy changes for the WebKit project:
> - Commits no longer require ChangeLogs, they instead require commit
> messages
> - Commit messages are in the format of `prepare-ChangeLog --no-write`
> Pull-request workflows based on `git-webkit` already support this workflow
> well, and `git-webkit setup` creates a `prepare-commit-msg` hook that will
> appropriately format commit messages. In addition, `git format-patch`
> allows us to create a patch which contains a commit message. This means
> that contributors still using patch workflows from a git or git-svn
> checkout will be able to upload compliant patches to bugzilla.
> This will, however, break contributors using pure-Subversion checkouts.
> This is something that’s going to be happening in the very near future as
> we deprecate Subversion entirely, so I think this is an acceptable cost in
> exchange for fully supporting native git workflows.
> The last thing I’d like to note is that a full git-native commit message
> policy now is something we can modify in the future if we find that
> reviewing commit messages with “Quote reply” comments is not sufficient,
> but resolving project disagreements on how or if to address deficiencies in
> GitHub commit message review don’t seem to be headed towards a resolution
> quickly.
> Jonathan
> WebKit Continuous Integration
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- R. Niwa
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