Re: Entity back pointers to the branch Jonathan S. Shapiro (shap@eros-os.org)
Mon, 12 Jun 2000 22:59:42 -0400

I think you have it right, but I think there are two different things going on here.

One is to be able to go back and look at the code that changed in a given file over time. The other is to look at the checking commentary that was included when those files were checked in. The first (which I think is what you are talking about) is easily done. The second sort of requires a policy choice. The commentary is just strings, but these strings have to hang off of something. If you force people to enter them per-file, you tend not to get overview. Conversely, if you key them per change, it's easy to fail to get commentary on specific files.

My immediate question is which kind of object a checkin comment string should hang from: a revision or a file. At the moment, it hangs off of a revision. I'm inclined to think that's the better choice, but I wanted other opinions.

shap