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SubjectRe: Changelogs on kernel.org


On Sun, 12 May 2002, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
>
> I used to read the hand written changelogs, they only used to be a half
> page or so; neatly summerising stuff into one line; I can't be bothered
> with the full changelogs - they are obviously useful; but the hand
> written half pages are still a lot easier at a quick glance to see if
> there is anything that affects you.

Yeah, I know. Some people like the long ones, though, and they _are_
useful if you want to get a more detailed view.

I definitely don't want to maintain a separate set of short logs, but the
answer may be to just do both: have the existing long log (with no merging
of changesets, so that people see the actual commit boundaries), and a
separate "short" version that also merges the thing.

As an example, if the long version looks like this:

<jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com>
A bunch of fixes.

<jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com>
Pmac updates

<jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com>
Some more small fixes.

<rmk@arm.linux.org.uk>
[PATCH] 2.5.13: vmalloc link failure

The following patch fixes this, and also fixes the similar problem in
scsi_debug.c:
...

The short version could look like

jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com:
A bunch of fixes.
Pmac updates
Some more small fixes.

rmk@arm.linux.org.uk:
[PATCH] 2.5.13: vmalloc link failure

...

ie only take the first line, and merge entries with the same author.

Perl people, stand up.

Linus

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