[plt-dev] One e-mail per commit?

From: Michael Sperber (sperber at deinprogramm.de)
Date: Mon May 17 08:37:37 EDT 2010

Eli and I have had a private conversation on this for a while - he has
asked me to make my thoughts public: Currently, the per-push
notification e-mails are pretty useless to me: 

- The subject line has zero useful information (for me at least).

- The granularity of the e-mails may or may not have anything to do with
  the granularity of development.

- Ergo I have to download every e-mail to get useful information (my
  folder lives on IMAP), which is often not even technically practical
  when I'm travelling, for instance.  Even when I'm fully online, it
  takes too long to go over the week's commits this way, compared to the
  old way of doing things with Subversion - the result is that I don't
  read the commit e-mails anymore.

So I'd like to propose sending one e-mail per commit instead, where the
Subject line carries the first line of the commit message.  (We've been
doing things this way with Scheme 48 and XEmacs, FWIW - works
wonderfully.)  Possibly, it makes sense to avoid sending e-mails on
merge commits, but that's only a bonus.  Eli says the ordering may get
screwed up - not a problem for me.

Cheers =8-} Mike
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