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Re: Moving to git

On 24 August 2015 at 11:42, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Jonathan Wakely <>:
>> On 24 August 2015 at 09:17, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
>> > The revision ids are also useful for bugzilla, r123456
>> > links in text pointing to is significantly
>> > shorter
>> The first six characters of the sha1 is usually enough to
>> unambiguously identify a commit, so we could easily have
>> or something similar, if we don't use
>> git-notes to add a revision to the commits.
> I recommend *against* using hashes to identify commits.  Here's what I said
> about it in the NTPsec developers guidelines.
> === How to refer to previous commits ===
> The best (most human-friendly) way to reference a commit is by quoting its
> summary line.  If you need to disambiguate, give its date and author.

That doesn't really work if we want Bugzilla to automatically turn
something that looks like a reference to a commit into a hyperlink.
Currently I can say "caused by r227043" in a bugzilla comment and it
links to the relevant commit. I don't really want to have to say
"caused by libstdc++/67294 Don't run timed mutex tests on Darwin" or
"caused by
Author: Jonathan Wakely <>
Date:   Thu Aug 20 20:36:19 2015 +0000

It's pretty simple for Bugzilla to look for "r\d+" in comments and
create a hyperlink to\1 without accessing the
repository at all. It would not be practical (for every bugzilla
comment) to search the repo for "libstdc++/67294 Don't run timed mutex
tests on Darwin" to identify a specific commit and create a link to

> The worst way is to quote its git hash, because humans are not good at
> keeping random strings of hex digits in working memory.  Besides, hashes
> will break if the history is ever moved to another VCS or the repository
> has to be surgically altered.

We have that situation now with the subversion commit IDs we refer to
in Bugzilla, that doesn't mean it isn't useful.

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