immutable commit messages, why?

Andreas Axelsson andreas.axelsson at
Thu Mar 20 06:07:09 CDT 2008

IMO if there was a way to modify commit messages I think it should be
append-only. I've sometimes wished for a way to change commit messages in
Perforce, which I use at work, but I'd rather not have people remove
information once it's there.


-----Original Message-----
From: mercurial-bounces at [mailto:mercurial-bounces at]
On Behalf Of Jens.Wulf at
Sent: den 20 mars 2008 07:29
To: smcg4191 at; mercurial at
Subject: Re: immutable commit messages, why?

Maybe it is possible to write an extension which lets you save edited commit
messages to a versioned file (only containing pairs of changeset hash and
new commit messages, similar to .tags) and -- if enabled -- replace original
commit messages with those from the file (if they are overwritten there).
You have original commit messages that way, but also polished ones including
their history.

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