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When used properly, VCS has too much detail. Every little change is recorded, when a changelog is generally for the big user-visible changes. In short, the target audience for a changelog is not the same as for the commit messages of the VCS. If you are disciplined, a changelog can be an auto-generated subset of what is in VCS, though in my experience most ...


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What's the purpose of keeping a changelog if everyone uses their VCS properly? ... If this history is being properly kept, what is the purpose of manually keeping the same history in a regular file? Your question is a good one, but you're making two big assumptions. Given a team with a disciplined check-in history, you're assuming that the ...


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Basically, you're completely right. All the information should be in the VCS as well, and as commenters said, changelogs are often generated out of VCS information. However, prepared changelogs come with some remarkable advantages: A changelog does not require to connect to the VCS, maybe install the proper VSC client before, scrolling through tons of ...



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