- the first line of the commit message should be a short
description (50 characters is the soft limit, see DISCUSSION
in git-commit(1)), and should skip the full stop
+ - it is also conventional in most cases to prefix the
+ first line with "area: " where the area is a filename
+ or identifier for the general area of the code being
+ . archive: ustar header checksum is computed unsigned
+ . git-cherry-pick.txt: clarify the use of revision range notation
+ (if in doubt which identifier to use, run "git log --no-merges"
+ on the files you are modifying to see the current conventions)
- the body should provide a meaningful commit message, which:
. explains the problem the change tries to solve, iow, what
is wrong with the current code without the change.