Is $Log$ a good things ? was Re: "fixing" RCS files
dom at happygiraffe.net
Fri Feb 3 20:59:34 GMT 2006
andrew Black wrote:
> 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 $Log$.
It would be a good comprimise, but you've an installed base of several
million systems going back over 20 years to patch...
Personally, I think that you should just use the version control system
to keep that information handy anyway. No point in cluttering your
files. I approve of the subversion way of doing things: You have to
explicitly request everywhere you want the version control system to be
altering your files for you. Much more sensible.
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