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Re: [PATCH] maint: generate ChangeLog from git log

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] maint: generate ChangeLog from git log
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:49:26 +0100

Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> Following the practice set by various other GNU projects, we start
> to automatically generate the ChangeLog file from the git commit
> messages.  This will avoid duplication (as the ChangeLog entries
> were always inserted both in the git commit message and in the
> version-controlled ChangeLog file), and potential problems with
> spurious merge conflicts (which, although greatly mitigated by
> Bruno Haible's `git-merge-changelog' helper program, have never
> been completely solved).
> * ChangeLog: Moved ...
> * ChangeLog.3: ... to this.
> * build-aux/gitlog-to-changelog: New script, synced from gnulib.
> * (gnulib-update): Also sync gitlog-to-changelog.
> * (gen-ChangeLog): New .PHONY rule, generate the
> ChangeLog for distribution.
> (dist-hook): Depend on it.
> ($(srcdir)/ChangeLog): New dummy rule, to pacify automake "gnu"
> strictness.  Creates a dummy ChangeLog, that will be overridden
> by the proper one at distribution time.
> (gen_start_date): New variable, the date starting from which the
> git log entries are to be copied in the generated ChangeLog.
> (EXTRA_DIST): Add ChangeLog.3 and gitlog-to-changelog.
> * (AC_CONFIG_SRCDIR): Use 'lib/autoconf/autoconf.m4'
> instead of 'ChangeLog' as the sentinel file.
> * .gitignore: Add ChangeLog.

I wrote nearly the same patch, *and then* look at the list.

I'm happy to ACK yours, since it has the sync-from-gnulib
part that I didn't do, and e.g., non-srcdir-safe ChangeLog creation.

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