ChangeLog change to .ChangeLog

Chris Johns chrisj at
Tue Mar 5 20:41:06 UTC 2013

Sebastian Huber wrote:
> On 02/28/2013 01:30 AM, Gedare Bloom wrote:
>> I think the git log is superior to manual ChangeLog entries, and we
>> can produce
>> higher level changes/news reports separately. Probably there is some
>> way to
>> either dump the log or selected entries when making a tar or offline
>> distribution. This is something we can consider.
> Yes, the ChangeLog files are an anachronism.

I suggest we remove them. Git's log command with '--grep' provides the 
same thing as 'grep * ChangeLog'.

If you take a look at ...

This directory has a text file which is the output of the script and the 
script. The left column of the text file is the line number in the 
ChangeLog so you can check the entry against git manually. The script 
checks each entry in all ChangeLog files against git's log command with 
grep and 2063 entries out of 14707 did not match. I manually checked a 
few entries and it seems a range of reasons exist for the differences. 
For example a single ChangeLog entry is 2 commits, or take this one ...

5045: 2010-04-29 Sebastian Huber <sebastian.huber at>

The ChangeLog has "PR 1507" and the commit has "PR1507". I suspect most 
of the failed matches will be due to these types of reasons.


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