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Re: using commit identifiers in bug reports

From: Ivan Shmakov
Subject: Re: using commit identifiers in bug reports
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:52:56 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> From: Ivan Shmakov  Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:50:57 +0000
>>>>> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> From: Ivan Shmakov  Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:47:37 +0000


 >>>> 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

        … it’s somewhat confusing…

 >> 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.)

 > I'm sorry, but what does referring to bug numbers have to do with the
 > issue at hand?  All I said was that to describe the current behavior
 > there's no need to mention any commits, just say "as of now, Emacs
 > does this and that".

        Or, in my case: “as of last week, Emacs…,” right?

 > If you want to describe something that was caused by some specific
 > commit, by all means use that commit's SHA1, or any other means that
 > allow to easily display it.

        My point is that there’s no easy way to request Git to report
        the commits (changes) made since a bug report was filed.
        /Unless/ the reporter takes care to note the particular revision
        he or she has found to be affected.  Which is the thing I do.

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