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Re: Generating release notes from CvS...

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: Generating release notes from CvS...
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 18:05:18 -0500
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James Depaul wrote:

Is there a way that CvS can help generate Release notes - that is a net of
what has been changed in the current release since the last release?!  List
of bug fixes or just a collection of comments from the checked in source
code between last release and current one?

How do you all deal with Release Notes for each major release?


I use cvs2cl to get the collection of changes.

For something like a set of release notes I would reduce the cvs2cl output based on the audience, i.e., management probably only wants to know about the high level changes and possibly trouble reports solved, they could care less about coding standards changes or using the latest _version_ of the library most times, and users just want to know what new functions you gave them or old favorites you took away.

Assuming you tag your releases, I think what you asked for above can be gotten 

cvs2cl --delta *FROM_TAG*:*TO_TAG*

I usually through in the revision and tag info in the file:

cvs2cl -r -t --delta *FROM_TAG*:*TO_TAG*

hope this helps.
Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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