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Subject: Re: jdgordon: r28078 - trunk/apps/radio

Re: jdgordon: r28078 - trunk/apps/radio

From: Jonathan Gordon <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:54:54 +1000

On 15 September 2010 16:46, Paul Louden <> wrote:
>  On 9/15/2010 1:38 AM, Jonathan Gordon wrote:
>> Its alot easier when someone has 37 commits to find a bad one....
>> "Fix a bug concerning
>> difficulty, pointed out by DerPapst in IRC.". No context at all, not
>> even the name of the plugin.
> Let's see. The message explains what the commit did, and considering only
> one file is touched, the context seems pretty obvious. Care to explain how
> "bugger" provides any context?
> You're still basically trying to avoid the point - commit messages should
> explain what happened. You haven't justified why they don't need to yet. Are
> you going to continue avoiding answering that question? There's no
> difference in the commit log between a trivial commit and a non-trivial one
> unless the commit message makes it clear it's trivial - you do this by
> writing a clear commit message that says "add missing semicolon" or similar.
> If someone has to click on the file to know why the commit happened, the log
> message didn't do its job.
> Instead of playing "I've committed more than you, so I'll bring up how few
> commits you have, and try to single one out" (by the way Karl, if you're
> still reading, I expect you to jump in here and say JdGordon should've
> singled me out in private too, unless you're planning on following the
> hypocritical path since at this point we've got someone *explicitly*
> singling someone out, rather than just the implication you jumped on before)
> why don't you just discuss the *point* rather than playing games around it?
> The question is simply "what is the purpose of commit messages?" Why not
> answer what *you* think they are for JdGordon?

From a developers point of view a short and to the point message is
100x better than a long winded one when the short one will do. If you
dont know what the term bugger means then there is this thing called
the internet which I'm pretty confident you know how to use to educate
And even then if the commit might be interesting a real developer
takes the message with a grain of salt anyway and looks at the actual

problem here.
Received on 2010-09-15

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