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Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically
Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:42:05 -0500

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     > > We don't require git for anything in the GNU project, let alone being
     > > able to use it to contribute a change.  You can get away happily
     > > without learning any git commands and still be able to contribute to
     > > the GNU project.  Just like being fluent in English is not an
     > > requirement, it is unreasonable to expect that being fluent in git
     > > magic is mandatory.

     > How do you checkout glibc if you're not using git?

Carlos, there is a gap in the argument which that response presents
elliptically.  A lot of people know enough git to check out a
program's master branch.  Even I can do that.  However, what is
pertinent here is whether person knows advanced git commands _and
how to check for when they give wrong information_.  Not the same
thing at all.

Because you did not fully spell out the argument, people might easily
not notice the gap in it.  Basically, your message invites people to
overlook the gap and believe the argument due to that omission.

Please do not argue that way.   Show us the respect of spelling out
your arguments so that people can tell whether they are valid.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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