[Pulp-dev] [noissue] considered harmful

Matthias Dellweg dellweg at atix.de
Wed Nov 6 14:54:52 UTC 2019

Being a regular user of noissue, i think it is ok to keep it, if the
reviewer can tell the contributer at some time that the change is
effecting something worth noting in the changelog. Sometimes, what
starts as a very small change evolves into something bigger.
Sometimes you might even want to show some code without knowing whether
there is an issue at all. Removing this loophole would prevent those
code paths from ever running in the ci.

I'd vote for not removing the [noissue] functionality, but instead keep
an open eye on it's usage, and in case request that a ticket be opened.

On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 08:52:14 -0500
David Davis <daviddavis at redhat.com> wrote:

> When we added commit validation to our CI, we created a loophole that
> would allow small changes like typo fixes to not have a redmine issue
> or changelog entry. By having '[noissue]' in the commit message,
> users could bypass our commit requirements. However, this loophole is
> not being used as intended--it's being used for all sorts of changes
> from new features to bug fixes.
> This is going to be a major problem for users and plugin writers when
> we release 3.0 and they start to upgrade from release to release.
> These [noissue] changes won't being reflected in our changelog which
> invalidates the motivation behind having a changelog.
> My first inkling is to remove the '[noissue]' functionality. Other
> projects like Katello and foreman already do this. If you don't want
> your change reflected in the changelog, you should be creating .misc
> entries for these changes in the CHANGES folder. The downside to this
> is every change will require a changelog and issue, and this creates
> extra steps for devs and contributors.
> Another option is to make our check smarter by incorporating some
> other condition(s) or metric(s). For example, perhaps we could allow
> [noissue] changes only to certain directories like our tests
> directory. The problem here is getting the parameters right. What
> sorts of changes changes should we allow to be [noissue] ones? I've
> thought about this a bit and couldn't think of a good set of criteria.
> Thoughts?
> David
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