VCLog is a versitle cross-VCS/SCM changelog generator. It currently supports Git, Hg and (limited) Subversion.
The default output is a ANSI colored GNU-like changelog. From a repository's root directory try:
The is the same as specifying 'changelog' or 'log'.
$ vclog log
To generate an a different format use -f:
$ vclog -f xml
Creating Release Histories
To get a release history specify 'history' or 'release' as the subcommand.
$ vclog history
Again the default format is a ANSI colored GNU-like text style.
Unlike Changelogs, Histories group changes by tags. The tag message is used as the release note. If the underlying SCM doesn't support tag messages that the last commit message before the tag is used.
See 'vclog help' for more options.
VCLog can also be used to intelligently bump versions. To see the current tag version:
$ vclog version 1.1.0
To see the next reasonable version based on current changes:
$ vclog bump 1.2.0
VCLog can determine the appropriate version based on commit level. Any commit with a level greater than 1 will bump the major number, while any commit with a level of 0 or 1 will bump the minor number. All lower level only bump the patch level.
In your projects .vclog/rules.rb or .config/vclog/rules.rb file, you can create rules for labeling commit messages bassed on commit message.
on /updated? (README|VERSION|MANIFEST)/ do :admin end
These rules can also “massage” the commit message for output.
on /^admin:/ do |matchdata| [:admin, matchdate.post_match] end
Labels are used to categorize and assign levels to commits. Use #set in the rules.rb to specify the level and description of a commit label.
set :admin, -2, "Administrative Adjustment"
NOTE ABOUT SUBVSERION
Because Subversion is a centralized version control system, it contacts the server every time 'svn log' is run. For this reason, having vclog generate a release history is likely to fail since it must run 'svn log' for each tag. Any repository with more than a few tags may be denied access by the server for making too many rapid requests. I have no idea how to remedy this issue. If you have any ideas please let me know.
Please see HISTORY file.
Copyright © 2009 Thomas Sawyer
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