DragonFly commits List (threaded) for 2008-12
Re: commit mail subject format
Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
> Aggelos Economopoulos wrote:
>> Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
>>> For anybody confused about the mail subject, let me explain the thing:
>>> DragonFly-22.214.171.124.g73473 master test/test README
>>> ^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^ ^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^
>>> | | | | ^branch ^directory ^file in directory
>>> | | | abbreviated commit id
>>> that's us | topological distance to the release, here 5 commits
>>> last "release"
>>> The string "126.96.36.199.g73473" is actually the output of git-describe and
>>> probably will be used in more places in the future (kernel version, ISO
>>> build rev, etc)
>> Why do we need all this stuff in the message Subject? The "DragonFly-"
>> part is essentially wasted space (gee, like I need to be reminded which
>> folder I'm reading), space that could be used for something useful.
>> Also, if I want any of the rest of the info, all I need is the commit id
>> and I can use git to get it. Maaaybe having the commit id appended (so
>> it won't intrude too much) to the Subject would be useful so you can
>> speedily search for any discussions relevant to a commit, but that's
>> also debatable.
>> Why can't we use the commit summary or just the branch, directory and
>> files changed? The whole idea behind the Subject: line is that you can
>> tell at a glance if you're interested in reading the mail body and I
>> don't see how this format accomplishes it... All the extra info could go
>> in the message body if people still want it to be instantly available.
>> Personally, I only care about the commitid and diffstat, but that's
>> just me.
>> Another idea would be to stuff the extra info in the headers so that
>> each subscriber can select which fields to view, but I'd prefer a sane
>> format that more or less works for everybody.
> Exactly my thoughts. Matt insisted on the DragonFly and the commit
> id-at-the-beginning for search/subject alignment reasons.
Search is much faster in git and also more accurate, since the repo also
contains all the CVS history. Again, the Subject: line is intended to
save people's time, it is not for arbitrary metadata.
Perhaps there is some other reason? Matt?