Oh those periods (was Re: [ANN] Vimpulse has moved to Gitorious)

Štěpán Němec stepnem at gmail.com
Mon Aug 30 23:33:24 CEST 2010

Vegard Øye <vegard_oye at hotmail.com> writes:

> On 2010-08-29 20:27, Štěpán Němec wrote:
>> As to the history modifications Vegard made: he also decided that commit
>> summaries without periods are better than the former practice, so he
>> modified (almost) all the commit messages. (Vegard, could you please
>> also adjust the recommendations in CONTRIBUTE to that effect?)
> Done in commit dcf0f9b. Nobody followed this rule anyway, so it made
> more sense to get rid of it. :)


I've stated my (quite different) opinion on the matter already to you in
private, but let me repeat for the others, too:

Apart from a _very_ few exceptions, _everybody_ ended the commit
summaries with a period. Period. (I still have the old Git tree handy in
case you don't.)

Some other projects, including both GNU Emacs and XEmacs, also end
commit summaries with a period. (The question whether "most" do or don't
should be left to statisticians.)

In my opinion, the switch was unwarranted, but I don't care too much --
it's just impractical both because of the commmit rewriting involved,
and in case you wanted to merge or contribute to Emacs. Other than that,
it's just bike-shedding, indeed.


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