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    SubjectRe: Impact: (was Re: [PATCH] update rwlock initialization for nat_table)
    Em Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 05:19:35PM -0800, Andrew Morton escreveu:
    > On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 04:10:39 +0300 Alexey Dobriyan <> wrote:
    > > Speaking of Impact: lines, is this a new fashion or what?
    > >
    > > Looking at the ones which are already in official tree, they are either
    > > trivially duplicating Subject: line, or effectively duplicating Subject: line,
    > > or cover up for insufficiently informative (read: badly written) Subject: line,
    > > or simply useless.
    > >
    > >
    > > Subject: sched: CPU remove deadlock fix
    > > Impact: fix possible deadlock in CPU hot-remove path
    > >
    > > What prevented to write "Subject: sched: fix possible deadlock in CPU hot-remove path"?
    > >
    > >
    > > AMD IOMMU: __unmap_single: check for bad_dma_address instead of 0
    > > Impact: minor fix
    > >
    > > Well...
    > >
    > > I have an idea on how to make them remotely useful, but can we agree that there is
    > > a problem arising here?
    > heh, I must say that the ones I've seen haven't been very useful.
    > However... Given the amount of time I (and others, to a lesser extent)
    > spend complaining about and scratching heads over crappy changelogs, we
    > would benefit from having a standard changelog template.
    > Something which guides people to creating a good changelog. But it
    > would have to be short, and carefully written. It should learn from
    > history, to wit:
    > - ./REPORTING-BUGS has a template and afaik it has never elicited any
    > useful information.
    > - Documentation/SubmittingPatches has info on how to write a
    > changelog, and people blithely ignore it.
    > - kerneldoc provide a template of sorts, and we see that filling out
    > templates puts people's brains into "filling out a template" mode,
    > rather than into "communicating information" mode.
    > An interesting problem.

    Well, if git commit could add that template in addition to the
    Signed-off-by line, that could be a start, perhaps as a new option and
    then it would get it from .git/changelog-template, that would be
    provided by each project.

    /me scratches head...

    -t, --template <FILE>
    use specified template file

    Its there already, but then perhaps what is needed is a _default_

    - Arnaldo

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