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Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 22:28:44 -0500

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  > There is a point when there are enough changes (or it's sufficiently 
  > unclear what function might be involved in the bug) that "git bisect" is a 
  > better approach - remembering that you're looking at past changes to an 
  > entity for some reason, likely to find what caused a particular bug.  

If you prefer that approach, it is already available.
However, the point is not to  eliminate the other non-git options
that we support.

  > However, in C it's very rare for a change to a function's return type (a) 
  > not to change anything else in the function and (b) at the same time, to 
  > be the cause of a bug.

That may be true, but the problem I am concerned with
is that a change gets attributed to the previous entity.
That's because GNU diff does only a rough approximation for finding
the first and last line of an entity.  It is good enough for other purposes
but not for this one.

I think it will not be very hard to make this completely dependable.

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

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