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From: Antoine Pelisse <>
To: Ed Hutchins <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>, git <>
Subject: Re: Feature request: "author branch" in commit object
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 18:16:41 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM, Ed Hutchins <> wrote:
> On the other hand
> trying to figure
> out the history of events from a large directed graph of commits
> without any clue about
> what topics first spawned each commit is actively harmful in many
> cases (trying to display
> a clear history of who did what for what reasons, for example).

I think this is exactly what Junio does with git.git:
- Each branch is named "$initials/$topicname" before being merged.
- Branches are always merged with --no-ff.

I think it answers your question: Who (initials) does what (topic)
The name of the branch is also stuck as part of the history as the
merge reads the name of the merged branch:

e.g. Merge branch 'rr/remote-branch-config-refresh'

You can of course provide more information than the simple commit
header line (that would give the "what reasons").

Of course, it's even easier to read if you always merge in the same
direction (that allows you to easily find the first commit of the

Hope that helps,

  reply	other threads:[~2013-07-03 16:16 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-07-02 19:37 Ed Hutchins
2013-07-02 19:49 ` Fredrik Gustafsson
2013-07-02 20:00 ` Junio C Hamano
2013-07-02 20:34   ` Ed Hutchins
2013-07-03 16:16     ` Antoine Pelisse [this message]
2013-07-03 17:31       ` Ed Hutchins
2013-07-03 18:19         ` Junio C Hamano
2013-07-04  0:00           ` Andrew Ardill
2013-07-02 20:31 ` Johan Herland
2013-07-03  9:33 ` Matthieu Moy
2013-07-03 15:47   ` Ed Hutchins
2013-07-03 18:08     ` Junio C Hamano
2013-07-03 23:46       ` Feature request: Jakub Narebski
2013-07-03 23:52         ` Dany
2013-07-03 23:53           ` Dany
2013-07-04  8:08             ` Matthieu Moy
2013-07-09 21:46       ` Feature request: "author branch" in commit object Philip Oakley

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