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Steve Fink
July 24, 2000 15:35
Re: patch trail
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Joshua N Pritikin wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 01:14:15PM -0700, wrote:
> > Joshua N Pritikin <> writes:
> > > On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 04:33:24AM -0700, wrote:
> > >> (Well, actually they have two lists, gcc and gcc-patches.  But the
> > >> second is largely due to the fact that there's a requirement that
> > >> everything checked into the repository is also sent to the mailing list
> > >> as a patch.  Something that I think is *wonderful* as someone watching
> > >> the project from outside, although I realize that it's a bit hard to
> > >> get to the point where you're in the habit of doing that.)
> >
> > > Why?  Perforce can send out patches *automatically*.
> >
> > Because if the patch is at all complicated, the human also includes an
> > explanation.  There's of course already a lot of this with Perl; most
> > patches do seem to go to p5p.  I'm just not sure that all of them do, and
> > I've found it interesting that it's a matter of policy in gcc development.
> Still, I think automatic patch announcements are better than "gee, I
> forgot to post an explanation" three months (or years) after the fact.
> $0.02

(missed the beginning of the thread)

In my company, I set up CVS to automatically mail out every patch to one
of a set of -patches lists. It gives the filename, branch, and commit
message. People now use the commit log messages as a way of explaining
the patches, even if the explanation will look odd when viewed as part
of a "cvs log" output. It is working out very well (except for in one
Java tree, where one guy commits too many tiny changes for anyone to
bother keeping up with; I disabled the -patches mail there.) I've found
it to be of enormous value as long as nobody is flooded with too many
patches; if only a handful comes by every day, you end up getting
everything at least cursorily reviewed by several people.

Presumably perforce can do the same?

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