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Re: whitespace-only changes

From: David Engster
Subject: Re: whitespace-only changes
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:54:05 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.91 (gnu/linux)

> Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:
>> The tool is Git, and it will treat any change as significant.  I'm not
>> aware of a Git option to ignore some changes based on the log
>> messages.
> Me neither, but it sure would be nice to be able to tell git "this is
> not a functional change" (just think of the yearly copyright notice
> update).
> git has no way of verifying that it's a non-functional change, of
> course, so it would just be a hint to the UI.  That could then be used
> by nefarious people to sneak in functional changes but mark them as
> non-functional.
> So it's probably not a workable idea.

I agree, but just to have mentioned it, at least 'git blame' does
support ignoring commits. These can be given on the commandline or in a
file (see --ignore-rev and --ignore-revs-file since version v2.23). This
file could of course be generated by looking at commit messages.


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