[Python-Dev] [python-committers] New workflow change: Welcome to blurb

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat Jun 24 01:48:01 EDT 2017

On 24 June 2017 at 13:24, Larry Hastings <larry at hastings.org> wrote:
> One minor but ongoing problem we've had in CPython core development has been
> the mess of updating Misc/NEWS.  Day-to-day developers may have a conflict
> if they lose a push race, which means a little editing.  You'll have a
> similar, if slightly worse, problem when cherry-picking a fix between
> versions.  Worst of all used to be the manual merges necessary after cutting
> a release--this was the bane of a CPython release manager's existence.
> (Though the new git-based workflow may have obviated the worst of this.)
> The real problem is that we have one central file that everybody continually
> edits in a haphazard way.  We aren't actually editing the same information,
> we aren't actually changing the same lines.  But our revision control
> systems and diff algorithms don't understand the structure of Misc/NEWS and
> so they get confused.  And for what? It's not like there's a tremendous
> benefit to having this central file everyone's fighting over.
> We've been talking about addressing this for years.  Fixing this was one of
> the goals of the new workflow.  And finally, as of right now, the future is
> here.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present: blurb.
> https://github.com/python/core-workflow/tree/master/blurb

Thanks Larry, great to see this go live!

> Behind the scenes, blurb writes your information here:
> Misc/NEWS.d/next/<section-name>/<filename>
> The "<section-name>" is the name of the section in Misc/NEWS where your
> entry should go.  <filename> contains the current date and time, the bpo
> number, and a nonce to prevent collisions.

Folks are also free to handcraft these files if they really want to do
so. The Developer Guide has the necessary details:


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