Is $Log$ a good things ? was Re: "fixing" RCS files

andrew Black andrew-li at
Fri Feb 3 14:52:53 GMT 2006

Dominic Mitchell wrote:

> The problem with $Log$ (and one of the reasons that it's discouraged
> these days) is that there is no clear end to what it's inserted into the
> file.  I think that the only guarantee is that you'll have the same
> comment character on all following lines.  Which isn't much help if
> you've got comments immediately after $Log$ anyway.

That is interesting.,  I quite like $Log$, having for years relied on 
manually inserted change history that doesnt always match the version 
control system.  Maybe a compromise is to dictate that there should be 
an end marker after the $Log$.


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