git summary messages

Ralf Corsepius ralf.corsepius at
Thu Feb 23 03:36:45 UTC 2012

On 02/22/2012 07:09 PM, Joel Sherrill wrote:
> Please use proper git summary messages.
> Using the first line of ChangeLog with just a date
> and author for the git summary is absolute rubbish

Well, you view. IMO, depending on a VCS's internal implementation 
details is absulte rubbish.

I guess you are aware it's possible to forge git authors and dates by 
accident or by violence, rsp. that is easily possible for git to loose 
authors and dates?

> and we all knew that from seeing the results of
> the cvs->git conversion.
I am having difficulties to imagine this impacted cvs->git convertion 
and believe you are making an elephant out of a mouse, as we say in German.

> The summary line needs to contain a meaningful
> summary.
git doesn't have a concept of "summary lines" - Like CVS it has is 
commit messages (git commit -m <arg> and git commit -F <file>).

It simply takes the first lines of a potentially long commit texts and 
uses this as short log, which seemingly is what is being used in vc-list 


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