[gst-devel] GStreamer needs a maintainer

Ronald Bultje rbultje at ronald.bitfreak.net
Tue Dec 16 07:53:04 CET 2003

Hi Thomas & Benjamin & gang,

On Tue, 2003-12-16 at 16:31, Thomas Vander Stichele wrote:
> Incidentally, the question "Why can't you guys use ChangeLog's like a
> real project" is an often heard outsider question.  And I completely
> agree.  Why anyone would think the sorry excuse of "check cvs commit
> logs" is valid is beyond me :) I can understand though the reason of
> being too lazy to update the ChangeLog, which is also fine by me.  It's
> just not my style.  I love ChangeLogs for looking up changes.

I can answer this one: it doesn't work. I've tried it in the beginning,
marking every change in the ChangeLog and committing it (this was long
before I entered GStreamer, so previous projects). The bad thing is that
*every single commit* by someone else would cause a CVS conflict in the
ChangeLog file, because I had a bunchload of changes there too. Also, if
you're working on more than one thing at a time (which is usually the
case), you have to manually edit the ChangeLog to only commit that
change that you worked on, and then add the rest of your in-progress
changes back. It's too much manual work.

In total: ChangeLog just wasn't made for CVS, or the other way around.
Add up to that that I've never ever bothered looking at it so I
personally don't see any real value in a ChangeLog, and you'll
understand why I'm not using it myself. I personally use the webCVS view
in SF to check who made what change.

Then again, if others do want to use it: be my guest...


Ronald Bultje <rbultje at ronald.bitfreak.net>
Linux Video/Multimedia developer

More information about the gstreamer-devel mailing list