Mercurial mail flood

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Fri May 30 01:03:30 PDT 2008

2008/5/30 Mark Reinhold <mr at>:
> Personally I view the inclusion of patches in Mercurial notifications as
> a distraction unless they're very short, but I know that opinions differ
> on this.
> - Mark

Well, for me, it depends on whether the patches have been published on
a list prior to the commit.
With Classpath, we've never had patches in the mails; the commit
message and links to the diffs
on CVS appears.  The patches are posted separately to a separate list.
 In contrast, I've found some
of the icedtea commits useful to read, because that's the only place
I've seen the change.  But these
seem to be truncated if they go over a certain length and generated
files in the repository isn't helping
this.  So I'd tend to agree that very short easily digestable ones are
fine in the commits (see Lillian's recent minor
IcedTea changes for the release) but that larger patches should be
attached in a separate mail and (dare I say it) on a
separate list.
Andrew :-)

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