Re: [PATCH] commit: Add -f, --fixes <commit> option to add Fixes:line

From: Josh Triplett
Date: Sun Oct 27 2013 - 05:13:52 EST

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 03:33:19PM +0700, Duy Nguyen wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM, Josh Triplett <josh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Add a command line option for git commit to automatically construct the
> > "Fixes:" line for a commit. This avoids the need to manually construct
> > that line by copy-pasting the commit hash and subject.
> But you still have to copy/paste the hash in command line. I wonder if
> we should approach it differently: the user writes "Fixes: <hash>" in
> the commit message, then git detects these lines and expands them

Then you have to copy/paste the hash into the commit message; either way
you're not getting around that. However, note that you can pass a ref
instead of a commit hash, if you happen to have saved a tag pointing to
the broken ref. (Or, for instance, if you have it from a bisection.)

I could imagine supporting that approach in addition (via a commit-msg
hook, for instance), but I'd still like to have the command-line option
to git commit.

> using a user-configured format. For the kernel circle, the format
> would be "%h ('%s')" (I'll need to think how to let the user say
> "minimum 12 chars").

I considered making the format configurable, and that's easy enough to
do, but I wanted to start out with the simplest patch that achieved the
goal, on the theory that it's easy to add configurability later if
anyone actually needs it.

> Other projects need to refer to old commits sometimes in commit
> messages too and this could be extended further to expand inline
> abbrev sha-1s, but to not break the text alignment badly, maybe
> footnotes will be created to store subjects and stuff, rather than do
> inline expansion. For example,
> commit 1232343 breaks something.....
> becomes
> comit 1232343 [1] breaks something....
> [1] 123234332131 (do something wrong - at this date)

Easily done via a commit-msg hook, if you want that.

- Josh Triplett
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