Brian C. Lane
Brian C. Lane

Nice %changelog entries

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When updating a rpm package it is nice to include a summary of the changes made since the last time. anaconda does this with a nifty script written by dcantrell called makebumpver which also enforces some RHEL rules and handles changing the version. I only needed the changelog part of this so I modified the script a bit to remove the extras:

# git-changelog - Output a rpm changelog
# Copyright (C) 2009-2010  Red Hat, Inc.
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published
# by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License
# along with this program.  If not, see <>.
# Author: David Cantrell <>
# Author: Brian C. Lane <>

import os
import re
import subprocess
import sys
import textwrap
from optparse import OptionParser

class ChangeLog:
    def __init__(self, tag):
        self.tag = tag
        self.ignore = None

    def _getCommitDetail(self, commit, field):
        proc = subprocess.Popen(['git', 'log', '-1',
                                 "--pretty=format:%s" % field, commit],

        ret = proc[0].strip('\n').split('\n')

        if len(ret) == 1 and ret[0].find('@') != -1:
            ret = ret[0].split('@')[0]
        elif len(ret) == 1:
            ret = ret[0]
            ret = filter(lambda x: x != '', ret)

        return ret

    def getLog(self):
        range = "%s.." % (self.tag)
        proc = subprocess.Popen(['git', 'log', '--pretty=oneline', range],
        lines = filter(lambda x: x.find('l10n: ') != 41 and \
                                 x.find('Merge commit') != 41 and \
                                 x.find('Merge branch') != 41,

        if self.ignore and self.ignore != '':
            for commit in self.ignore.split(','):
                lines = filter(lambda x: not x.startswith(commit), lines)

        log = []
        for line in lines:
            fields = line.split(' ')
            commit = fields[0]

            summary = self._getCommitDetail(commit, "%s")
            long = self._getCommitDetail(commit, "%b")
            author = self._getCommitDetail(commit, "%aE")

            log.append(("%s (%s)" % (summary.strip(), author)))

        return log

    def formatLog(self):
        s = ""
        for msg in self.getLog():
            sublines = textwrap.wrap(msg, 77)
            s = s + "- %s\n" % sublines[0]

            if len(sublines) > 1:
                for subline in sublines[1:]:
                    s = s + "  %s\n" % subline

        return s

def main():
    parser = OptionParser()
    parser.add_option("-t", "--tag", dest="tag",
                      help="Last tag, changelog is commits after this tag")
    (options, args) = parser.parse_args()

    cl = ChangeLog(options.tag)
    print cl.formatLog()

if __name__ == "__main__":

I've copied my version of this here for easy downloading. Run it like this - git-changelog -t livecd-tools-15.0 and the output is:

- - Fix incomplete rename of freespace variable (#656154) (fgrose)
- - Bump version to 15.1 (bcl)
- - Create tmpdir if it doesn't exist (#658632) (bcl)
- - Wrap so we can capture all command output for debugging. (jlaska)
- - Work with the logging settings when emitting progress. (jlaska)
- - Add a quiet option to surpress stdout. Adjust handle\_logfile to not surpress stdout. (jlaska)
- - Fix partition number selection for MMC bus devices (#587411) (fgrose)
- - Fix disk space estimation errors (#656154) (fgrose)
- - Tolerate empty transactions (lkundrak)
- - Merge livecd-creator and image-creator (lkundrak)
- - Cleanup if/then blocks (#652522) (fgrose)

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