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using commit identifiers in bug reports

From: Ivan Shmakov
Subject: using commit identifiers in bug reports
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:50:57 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> From: Ivan Shmakov  Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:47:37 +0000
>>>>> Glenn Morris <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> Ivan Shmakov wrote:

        [Moving to emacs-devel@; please drop Cc: 19594@ as irrelevant
        when replying.]

 >>>> As of 88bc8332eb14 (2015-01-07 13:51:41 +0000), url-ftp is
 >>>> implemented as an alias to url-file,

 >>> I found this confusing.  You mean: "it's always been implemented as
 >>> an alias, and this remains true as of last week."  Not: "last week
 >>> it was changed to be an alias."

 >> Actually, by using present tense, I was intending to say that “it
 >> was an alias for the last week’s Git checkout, and I didn’t bother
 >> to check when it got changed, or if it was like that right from the
 >> start.”

 > You don't need to mention any commits or dates to convey that.  Just
 > state the facts.

        While I understand that as commit identifiers are used to refer
        to both a tree state /and/ a change (diff) to said state, I find
        the ability to $ git log 88bc8332eb..HEAD -- lisp/url/url-ftp.el
        just too convenient to disregard.

        Sure, I’d be just as happy to $ git log bug:19594..HEAD, but I
        doubt that there’ll be /that/ amount of integration between Git
        and Debbugs in the foreseeable future, not to mention that I do
        not always check the reports I file against the latest master.
        (Usually, I update my Emacs working copy just a few times a
        month, and only take a brief scan over the Git developments
        between the latest update and the current master, checking for
        any /obvious/ signs that the issue was fixed in the meantime.)

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