Hi Joe,

On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM, Joe Perches <j...@perches.com> wrote:
> Commit logs have various forms of commit id references.
> Try to standardize on a 12 character long lower case
> commit id along with a description of parentheses and
> the quoted subject line
> ie: commit 0123456789ab ("commit description")

Now this is in mainline, checkpatch starts complaining about my "too long"
(40 chars) commit IDs in commit messages :-(

40 chars may be too long (but it's quick to copy-and-paste, as "git show"
shows that by default), but 12 sounds a bit short, as that's only 48 bits.

According to the Birthday Paradox (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem),
there's a probability of 50% of a collision if you use 48 bits IDs in a
repository with ca. 16 milion (2^24) objects. A Linux kernel repository
counts ca. 4 million objects, so we're getting close...

So soon we'll get "error: short SHA1 is ambiguous".

BTW, is there actually an easy way to make "git show" show all options for
an ambiguous SHA1?



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