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Re: Commit messages and the move to git

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 11:07 AM Jonathan Wakely <> wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Nov 2019 at 17:42, Joseph Myers wrote:
> > On Mon, 4 Nov 2019, Segher Boessenkool wrote:
> >
> > > On Mon, Nov 04, 2019 at 04:19:25PM +0000, Jonathan Wakely wrote:
> > > > I've already proposed a more specific format for libstdc++:
> > > >
> > >
> > > PR libstdc++/12345 takes up the first 19 chars of the short subject,
> > > adding no useful information (unless the reader knows all PRs by heart,
> > > you need to look it up to know what it is).
> > >
> > > I usually put (PR12345) at the end of the subject.  The area is clear
> > > from the rest of the subject already.
> >
> > Agreed.  (Hint to patch submitters: if the subject line of your patch
> > submission is just "Fix PR12345" or similar, people are less likely to
> > review your patch because nothing about the subject tells anyone that the
> > patch is in their area and so something they should pay attention to.
> > Patch submissions need to have subjects that make clear very quickly what
> > the patch is about.  This is also why I don't care for [PATCH] tags at the
> > start of subject lines - they take away space for saying what the patch is
> > about, and on gcc-patches we can expect things are patches, [PATCH]
> > doesn't add useful information.)
> I don't mind [PATCH] in the subject of patch emails (maybe because
> nearly all my patches go to libstdc++@ as well, and not all mails on
> that list are patches), but it has negative value in the commit log.

I actively like [PATCH] in the subject line because I see patch mail
interleaved with other mail in my inbox.

> My mail to the libstdc++ list should have noted that [PATCH] tags in
> the email subject should be omitted from the summary in the first line
> of the commit log.

And git format-patch/git am automatically add and remove [PATCH] appropriately.

I tend to put the PR number at the beginning of the line, but I don't
object to putting it at the end instead.


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