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    Add a .gitattributes file for use with git-merge-changelog · a843ea33
    Samuel Bronson authored
    Individual users will still have to:
     1. Install git-merge-changelog
     2. Set up the merge driver in their git config
    See gnulib's lib/git-merge-changelog.c [1] for details.
    For example, I:
     1. Patched Debian's gnulib package to build git-merge-changelog, and
        sent the patch to the Debian maintainer, who then proceeded to not
        only accept my patch but even write a *manpage* for
        git-merge-changelog! (Let's hear it for Ian Beckwith.)
        So now, I can install it simply by running "apt-get install
        git-merge-changelog".  (Except, of course, that I already have it
        installed from when I was testing my patch.)
     2. Did step (2) from .gitattributes
    With this patch applied and the above two steps done by whatever means
    you deem best, you can say goodbye to merge conflicts in ChangeLog
    files -- at least *IF* people stop renaming the danged things, anyway.
    If you don't do step 2, you will continue to suffer from ChangeLog
    merge conflicts exactly as before, whether or not you did step 1.
    If you do step 2 but not step 1, git will likely start complaining
    that it can't find any "git-merge-changelog" to run.
    [1]: http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=gnulib.git;a=blob;f=lib/git-merge-changelog.c
    [Note: The docs for git-merge-changelog (the comments at the top) say
    that you need a .gitattributes in every directory.  The docs are wrong.
    Ignore the docs.  Well, not the whole docs; just that part.
    You really only need one at the top level, since .gitattributes uses
    the same pattern matching rules as .gitignore, which match files in
    any subdirectory unless you prefix the pattern with a "/", as
    explained in the gitignore(5) manpage.]
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