[LLVMdev] [cfe-dev] RFC: put commit messages in *-commits subject lines?

David Blaikie dblaikie at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 10:52:11 PST 2013

Bump for something that would be good to do.

On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Sebastian Pop <spop at codeaurora.org> wrote:
> David Blaikie wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM, Sebastian Pop <spop at codeaurora.org> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > Sebastian Pop wrote:
>> >> Chris Lattner wrote:
>> >> > I'm in favor of it.  Of course, the truly awesomest thing would be something like:
>> >> >
>> >> >     [cfe-commits] r167788 - [lib/Analysis] Fix bad CFG construction bug when handling C++ 'try' statements.
>> >>
>> >> commit_subject_template = %(prefix)s r%(revision)s - %(log)s

Using r172358 as an example (a moderately large commit chosen
otherwise at random), the current commit message subject is:

[llvm-commits] [llvm] r172358 - in /llvm/trunk:
include/llvm/Object/RelocVisitor.h include/llvm/Support/YAMLTraits.h
lib/Analysis/ValueTracking.cpp lib/MC/ELFObjectWriter.cpp
lib/MC/WinCOFFObjectWriter.cpp lib/Support/APFloat.cpp
lib/Support/DynamicLibrary.cpp lib/Target/R600/AMDGPUSubtarget.h
lib/Transforms/IPO/DeadArgumentElimination.cpp (and on and on)

So I assume the new message would be:

[llvm-commits] [llvm] r172358 - Remove redundant 'llvm::' qualifications

Which seems reasonable. (I think the repo prefix is helpful given that
both the Clang and LLVM lists handle mail for multiple repositories
(llvm + compiler-rt + zorg at least on the llvm-commits list, cfe +
libc++ on the cfe-commits list). Unless we could drop the prefix for
the common repo (llvm and cfe respectively) & add it in only for the
other repos)

I wouldn't mind some way to drop the mailing list prefix too, given
how I organize my email - but I don't suppose there's a nice way to do
that that wouldn't interfere with other people's workflows.

>> >
>> > I just realized that this line does not match Chris' subject line as it doesn't
>> > print the directories touched by the patch. Please use the following instead:
>> >
>> > commit_subject_template = %(prefix)s r%(revision)s - [%(dirs)s] %(log)s

[llvm-commits] [llvm] r172358 - [include/llvm/ADT
include/llvm/Analysis include/llvm/Object include/llvm/Support
lib/Analysis lib/MC lib/Target lib/Transforms ...] Remove redundant
'llvm::' qualifications

I suppose this isn't the best example - of course it'll be across lots
of directories. But even for more common commits (working in one area
- changing headers, library, and tests all together) would contain a
lot of redundant information in the "dirs" list.

>> For what it's worth, (I think) Chris' suggestion of including the
>> directories was about including them "smart"ly by removing conceptual
>> duplicates (lib/foo + include/foo + test/foo) and generally giving a
>> brief sense of what a change is touching. If the change you have adds
>> the full (repo-relative) path all the directories without any smart
>> deduplication then I suspect it's going to easily push the log
>> description off most mail readers (especially mobile) & reduce the
>> value of this change.
>> I suspect we'll want to just stick with revision + log for now.
> That's fine.  Alternatively we can provide a list of all the dirs that we want
> to see appearing and match them like this:
> for_paths = .*(?P<SelectDirs>(lib/Analysis|lib/Transforms/Vectorize|lib/Transforms/Scalar)).*
> commit_subject_template = %(prefix)s r%(revision)s - [%(SelectDirs)s] %(log)s

Could we go one step further and map these paths to names (eg: map
"lib/Analysis", "include/llvm/Analysis", "test/Analysis" -> "Analysis"
and unique the results)? Also, I'd prefer to have the dirs after the
log message I think, though perhaps if we get them short enough it'd

This solution does seem like it could involve a bit of manual work to
update the list of blessed dirs all the time. If we could express it
generically (lib/*, test/*, include/llvm/*) it might be OK, but as it
stands I'm still not sure it's worth the hassle.

>> What's the prefix? There was some discussion of dropping the
>> [cfe-commits] & similar prefixes. Can that be done? Do we need to get
>> more buy-in from mailing list users to make sure this won't break
>> their mail rules (there are other ways to identify mailing list mail
>> other than the prefix, but I'm just checking).
>> Do you have some examples of what the format you're suggesting would
>> look like for various real-world commits?
> I suppose that the current subject format is the default of svn-mailer that is
> from the documentation:
>         %(prefix)s r%(revision)s %(part)s - %(files/dirs)s
> I think that this matches exactly what I can see on the commits mailing lists,
> except for the %(part)s part that I haven't seen so far: probably we do not
> split large emails.
> I did some tests on my local machine, and with the patched version of svnmailer,
> it does extract correctly the first line of the log message for all the commits
> that I have looked at.
> Sebastian
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