commit IDs in changelog messsages (was: Introductory mail)

martin f krafft madduck at
Fri Nov 14 06:48:04 UTC 2008

also sprach James Westby <jw+debian at> [2008.11.13.1611 +0100]:
> The short ID may be unambiguous when you create the entry, but
> it's not future proof. The chances of a collision increase over
> time. You could disambiguate collisions by walking the history
> from the root and finding the first matching commit, but that's
> in-efficient, why not record it at the time, as you know exactly
> what the full name is.

Sure. If the commit ID is at the end, or even on a line by itself,
it could be 40 bytes. I just wouldn't want 40 bytes at the start of
the commit message.

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