Review Request 129324: VCS commit message width feedback

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at
Wed Aug 2 10:15:56 UTC 2017

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Review request for KDE Software on Mac OS X and KDevelop.

Repository: kdevplatform


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This patch proposes changes to the way the VCS commit message editor provides feedback concerning the message width.

KDE insists on a 72 character limit for commit messages, and that is probably a very reasonable standard. In the current implementation there is no easy way to judge how far from that threshold we are. The easiest way to do this is by setting the commit message editor to a width of 72 characters (which for some reason requires taking the width of a string of 74 characters). I think there is room enough for this, but a more complete implementation would probably introduce a resize handle between the 2 main widgets. I haven't yet tried to look into that.

Several approaches have been tried during the course of this RR.


  plugins/git/gitmessagehighlighter.cpp da7660d3eebf9f836e49b48b41df2d11afe83268 
  vcs/widgets/vcsdiffpatchsources.cpp b080872d4366f65947244cd2c6299fbc14e9ea96 



On OS X with 2 different fixed font typefaces (sizes). The deleteLater() change has been in use since about 4.7.1 .

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preview: 72-char wide commit message editor
commit message showing the overflow warnings/errors (taken on Linux)


René J.V. Bertin

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