Commit 7da02a67 authored by Eric S. Raymond's avatar Eric S. Raymond
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On VCS-independent ways of identifying commits, and why they are desirable.

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parent 87b2a7f2
......@@ -385,6 +385,7 @@ src: Makefile FRC
cd $@ || exit; \
boot=bootstrap-emacs$(EXEEXT); \
[ ! -x "$$boot" ] || boot=''; \
echo "VCSWITNESS: $$vcswitness";\
$(MAKE) all $(MFLAGS) \
2014-01-16 Eric S. Raymond <>
* notes/commits: Add a 'graph on VCS-independent ways of
identifying commits and the desirability thereof.
2014-01-15 Paul Eggert <>
Fix copyright license notices for Adobe Unicode mapping files.
......@@ -45,6 +45,15 @@ Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:21:20 +0900
for modern source-control systems with a global log, it's better to
have something like "Regenerate configure".
(4) (Added in 2014) In commit comments, and ChangLog files, it is best
to use ways of identifying revisions that are not dependent on a
particular version control system. (At time of writing Emacs is
about to move to its third VCS and another move in the future is
not impossible.) An excellent way to identify commits is by
quoting their summary line. Another is with an action stamp - an
RFC3339 date followed by ! followed by the committer's email - for
example, "2014-01-16T05:43:35Z!". Often, "my
previous commit" will suffice.
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