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RE: Commit history

From: Matt King <mck@fb.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:03:48 +0000
To: Joanmarie Diggs <jdiggs@igalia.com>
CC: "public-aria-editors@w3.org" <public-aria-editors@w3.org>
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OK, thanks Joanie... so I wasn't losing my mind then. I  was wondering if I was having a "how the hell does GIT work" moment.  I have them more often than I would like ... but definitely much less often than I used to.

It is still weird to me how github works ... or doesn't work. When I open the repo in github.com and then look at my contributions, it shows only my commits to master. I would have thought it would show something more like the output from:

Git log --branches --author="Matt King" 


-----Original Message-----
From: Joanmarie Diggs [mailto:jdiggs@igalia.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 6:11 PM
To: Matt King <mck@fb.com>
Cc: public-aria-editors@w3.org
Subject: Re: Commit history

Hey Matt.

That's probably my fault. Some of your commit messages when working in local branches were so thoroughly detailed that I assumed they were meant for those reading your proposed changes and not something to be included in the final version. Next time I will check with you before making erroneous assumptions.

I'm really sorry.

On 06/06/2016 08:45 PM, Matt King wrote:
> I was just looking back in commit logs for commit messages I wrote 
> about changes for my actions.
> I was being careful to write detailed messages  so that when the 
> branches evaporated my summaries of changes, and where important, 
> short bits about the reasons for the changes, would be readily available.
> It seems that when I deleted branches, the commit messages have gone 
> even though the commits have been merged to master.
> In some cases, I kept a list of changes handy in an off-line file so I 
> can reconstruct it. In cases where I was really on top of things, I 
> wrote a summary in the action item. But, still, the easiest way to get 
> a list of changes is to look at commit logs. That way you don't have 
> to dig through lots of actions and issues and so forth.
> I don't understand how this information has disappeared. AmI 
> misunderstanding what we should be putting into commit messages and 
> how commits are merged? I was really counting on using the messages to 
> hold important info. And, I was also banking on GIT as a way for me to 
> keep track of contributions.
> MattKing
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