commit IDs in changelog messsages (was: Introductory mail)

Stefano Zacchiroli zack at
Thu Nov 13 12:35:55 UTC 2008

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 12:54:03PM +0100, Adeodato Simó wrote:
> > 2)	(Closes: #1234567, Commit: git:fba134)
> Though I agree with your reasoning here, I find (2) a tad too
> verbose (mostly because of the colon appearing twice, which requires
> two passes from your brain, if you see what I mean).

Agreed, note that it was not meant to be a concrete syntax proposal,
only a proof of concept for highlighting a design principle.

> May I suggest:
>     3) (Closes: #1234567, Vcs-Git:fba134)
> And Vcs-Hg, Vcs-Bzr, and so on. How does that sound?

Actually, that syntax is the one which gives us problem in Vcs-* field
parsing, but that's only because Debian formats are based on RFC822,
which is field-oriented and typically enables only per-field

In this case it will not pose any problem as the parsing will be
ad-hoc. I'm not sure I like it, but I don't have better proposals
("Commit-Git" starts to be a bit too long).


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