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Posted Feb 21, 2010 21:22 UTC (Sun) by corbet (editor, #1)
In reply to: Release notes by neilbrown
Parent article: Release notes

That, of course, would require that developers truly understand the impact of their fixes. Maybe someday we'll all be sufficiently aware to write lines like:

    Impact: Stop turning machines into botnet fodder

Most of us, though, just think "it fixed another bug."

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Posted Feb 21, 2010 22:18 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

Git notes might help here, by allowing Impact: lines to be adjusted


Posted Feb 22, 2010 5:10 UTC (Mon) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359) [Link]

In the present context, we only really need "impact" for something that is going in to -stable. When it goes into -stable it is a new commit and so the commit message can be adjusted then.
When a patch is being submitted the -stable, the submitter presumably can justify the request for the patch to go into stable. If that justification were written is clear succinct text (the hard part!) and placed in an 'Impact:' line, then these release notes would be already written.

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