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SubjectRe: Changelogs on kernel.org
On Sun, 12 May 2002, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> As an example, if the long version looks like this:
>
> <jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com>
> A bunch of fixes.
>
> <jsimmons@heisenberg.transvirtual.com>
> Pmac updates
>
...
> <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
...
> 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.

I sent a first version of a Perl program to Linus, a copy of the program
is available at
http://mandree.home.pages.de/linux/kernel/lk-changelog.pl
(Yes I know the first $Log:$ entry is missing.)

It does the above, plus it has a built-in table to write a name along
with the e-mail address, so it writes something like this:

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

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

Of course, if BK ChangeLogs started with a 60 character summary line as
has been suggested, that'd be very useful. Something for the
BK-with-linux-kernel-HOWTO perhaps?

I can imagine letting the script look up the addresses by means of
Roland Rosenfeld's Little Brother's Data Base at a later time.
(http://www.spinnaker.de/lbdb/)

--
Matthias Andree
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