12/22/2016 - 3:05 AM


#Commit Message Guidelines (Shortened) This is a revamped proposal for structuring commit messages. It is a set of guidelines evolved from a need to scan, review and navigate commits quickly. They are ment to bring clarity to the commit history while retaining a lot of flexibility.


[Action] Scope: Summary

Detailed Body Text (if necessary)

(Involved Commits)

The scope can be many things. File(s), Components, Sub-Systems. In fact, any conceptual unit or scope that the commit applies to. It can be left away if deemed unnecessary (e.g. on feature branches).

The summary as well as body text lines should be kept below 70–80 characters by manually wrapping the lines. (Github "elipsizes" at 70 chararacters. Often mentioned are 70 or 72)

##Action Keywords

This is a list of proposed action keywords. It is in no way a definitive list. Rather, it reflects my personal findings of required keywords I have encountered. Others have been left away for their infrequent use i.e. Init or their ambiguity i.e. Cleanup. A keyword length of 4-6 letters is recommended where possible.

  • Update
  • Fix
  • Refactor
  • Chore
  • Merge
  • (WIP)
  • Feature / Release – use Merge instead
  • Docs — use Chore instead
  • Revert – use Fix instead
  • Test – use Update instead


Update: A generic update that involves changes and does not fit any other category.


Fix: Code fixes and bug fixes


Refactor: Refactoring changes that do not change functionality per se.


Chore: Includes Cleanup, whitespace, formatting, old dependencies etc. Should not change functionality.


Merge: Branch merges. Includes a list of merged commits.


WIP: Work in Progress – Ideally we should not use this. Realistically you will need to make incomplete commits at some point. Use this to warn about the incomplete state your commit causes.


[Merge] Header: Add header element

[Update] header: Move main-nav a bit to the bottom
[Update] service-nav: Add structure/module file
[Fix] Reference: Change reference from all.scss to main.scss in index.html.erb.
[Refactor] Structure: Move styles for main-nav / header into their own files
[Update] Header: Initial strucutre
[Update] Grid: Adjust breakpoints / Import container size configuration



[Fix] serviceBus: Add missing check for argument of complete() method

This resolves issue#2756 where some components were receiving errors
because the complete method did not check for it's arguments and
optimistically proceeded with the callback execution.

The solution was to add an integrity check for the passed arguments to
the complete() method.

##Other Guidelines

Capitalized, short (50 chars or less) summary

More detailed explanatory text, if necessary.  Wrap it to about 72
characters or so.  In some contexts, the first line is treated as the
subject of an email and the rest of the text as the body.  The blank
line separating the summary from the body is critical (unless you omit
the body entirely); tools like rebase can get confused if you run the
two together.

Write your commit message in the imperative: "Fix bug" and not "Fixed bug"
or "Fixes bug."  This convention matches up with commit messages generated
by commands like git merge and git revert.

Further paragraphs come after blank lines.

- Bullet points are okay, too

- Typically a hyphen or asterisk is used for the bullet, followed by a
  single space, with blank lines in between, but conventions vary here

- Use a hanging indent