If you use RCS or CVS for a program with a
(see Change Log),
you can generate change log entries from the version control log
entries of previous commits.
Note that this only works with RCS or CVS. This procedure would be
particularly incorrect on a modern changeset-based version control
system, where changes to the
ChangeLog file would normally be
committed as part of a changeset. In that case, you should write the
change log entries first, then pull them into the ‘
buffer when you commit
(see Log Buffer).
Visit the current directory’s
ChangeLog file and, for
registered files in that directory, create new entries for versions
committed since the most recent change log entry
As above, but only find entries for the current buffer’s file.
For example, suppose the first line of
ChangeLog is dated
1999-04-10, and that the only check-in since then was by Nathaniel
rcs2log on 1999-05-22 with log entry ‘
Ignore log messages that start with '#'.’. Then C-x v a inserts this
1999-05-22 Nathaniel Bowditch <[email protected]> * rcs2log: Ignore log messages that start with '#'.
If the version control log entry specifies a function name (in
parenthesis at the beginning of a line), that is reflected in the
ChangeLog entry. For example, if a log entry for
(vc-do-command): Check call-process status.’, the
ChangeLog entry is:
1999-05-06 Nathaniel Bowditch <[email protected]> * vc.el (vc-do-command): Check call-process status.
When C-x v a adds several change log entries at once, it groups related log entries together if they all are checked in by the same author at nearly the same time. If the log entries for several such files all have the same text, it coalesces them into a single entry.