Script to generate ChangeLog-like output from git log
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Siddhesh Poyarekar Sept. 18, 2019, 12:13 a.m. UTC
The utility of a ChangeLog file has been discussed in various mailing
list threads and GNU Tools Cauldrons in the past years and the general
consensus is that while the file may have been very useful in the past
when revision control did not exist or was not as powerful as it is
today, it's current utility is fast diminishing.  Further, the
ChangeLog format gets in the way of modernisation of processes since
it almost always results in rewriting of a commit, thus preventing use
of any code review tools to automatically manage patches in the glibc
project.

There is consensus in the glibc community that documentation of why a
change was done (i.e. a detailed description in a git commit) is more
useful than what changed (i.e. a ChangeLog entry) since the latter can
be deduced from the patch.  The GNU community would however like to
keep the option of ascertaining what changed through a ChangeLog-like
output and as a compromise, it was proposed that a script be developed
that generates this output.

The script below is the result of these discussions.  This script
takes two git revisions references as input and generates the git log
between those revisions in a form that resembles a ChangeLog.  Its
capabilities and limitations are listed in a comment in the script.
On a high level it is capable of parsing C code and telling what
changed at the top level, but not within constructs such as functions.

Design
------

At a high level, the script analyses the raw output of a VCS, parses
the source files that have changed and attempts to determine what
changed.  The script driver needs three distinct components to be
fully functional for a repository:

- A vcstocl_quirks.py file that helps it parse weird patterns in
  sources that may result from preprocessor defines.
- A VCS plugin backend; the git backend is implemented for glibc
- A programming language parser plugin.  C is currently implemented.

Additional programming language parsers can be added to give more
detailed output for changes in those types of files.

For input in languages other than those that have a parser, the script
only identifies if a file has been added, removed, modified,
permissions changed, etc. but cannot understand the change in content.

The C Parser
------------

The C parser is capable of parsing C programs with preprocessor macros
in place, as if they were part of the language.  This presents some
challenges with parsing code that expands macros on the fly and to
help work around that, a vcstocl_quirks.py file has transformations to
ease things.

The C parser currently can identify macro definitions and scopes and
all global and static declarations and definitions.  It cannot parse
(and compare) changes inside functions yet, it could be a future
enhancement if the need for it arises.

Testing
-------

The script has been tested with the glibc repository up to glibc-2.30
and also in the past with emacs.  While it would be ideal to have
something like this in a repository like gnulib, that should not be a
bottleneck for glibc to start using this, so this patch proposes to
add these scripts into glibc.

And here is (hopefully!) one of the last ChangeLog entries we'd have
to write for glibc:

	* scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py: New script to auto-generate
	ChangeLog.
	* scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py: New file.
	* scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py: New file.
	* scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py: New file.
	* scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py: Likewise.
---
 scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py             | 138 ++++
 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py     | 827 +++++++++++++++++++++
 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py      |  52 ++
 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py        | 163 ++++
 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py |  64 ++
 5 files changed, 1244 insertions(+)
 create mode 100755 scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py
 create mode 100644 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py
 create mode 100644 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py
 create mode 100644 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
 create mode 100644 scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py

Comments

Gabriel F. T. Gomes Sept. 20, 2019, 4:50 p.m. UTC | #1
Hi, Siddhesh,

Thank you so much for doing this.  The patch looks good to me, although I
think it would be a little bit better to use the commit date, instead of
the author date, because it would make the order of the commits look a bit
more sane and it would more closely resemble what we have today.

To achieve this, you could apply the following patch on top of yours.

If you think that's nice, you have my OK to commit it with the change. If
you would prefer to have the Author Date in the ChangeLog output, I'm also
OK with it!  Thanks again!

Also, 'git am' warned that misc_util.py adds a new blank line at EOF.

---
Here's the diff I mentioned above:

diff --git a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
index f17846c385..b5da93f804 100644
--- a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
@@ -48,7 +48,7 @@ class GitRepo:
         calling into helper functions as necessary.
         '''
 
-        op = self.exec_git_cmd(['show', '--date=short', '--raw', commit])
+        op = self.exec_git_cmd(['show', '--pretty=fuller', '--date=short', '--raw', commit])
         authors = []
         date = ''
         merge = False
@@ -64,8 +64,8 @@ class GitRepo:
                 author = l.split(':')[1]
                 author = re.sub(r'([^ ]*)\s*(<.*)', r'\1  \2', author.strip())
                 authors.append(author)
-            elif l.find('Date:') == 0:
-                date = l[5:].strip()
+            elif l.find('CommitDate:') == 0:
+                date = l[11:].strip()
             elif l.find('Merge:') == 0:
                 merge = True
             elif not subject and date:

---

Thanks!


On Tue, 17 Sep 2019, Siddhesh Poyarekar wrote:

>The C parser currently can identify macro definitions and scopes and
>all global and static declarations and definitions.  It cannot parse
>(and compare) changes inside functions yet, it could be a future
>enhancement if the need for it arises.

This is the fast-forward block I commented below.
It looks pretty cool to me as is, actually.

>Testing
>-------
>
>The script has been tested with the glibc repository up to glibc-2.30
>and also in the past with emacs.  While it would be ideal to have
>something like this in a repository like gnulib, that should not be a
>bottleneck for glibc to start using this, so this patch proposes to
>add these scripts into glibc.

I checked on a Fedora 30 x86_64 machine, with and without the change to
CommitDate, and the results look good to me.

>And here is (hopefully!) one of the last ChangeLog entries we'd have
>to write for glibc:

:)

>+        # Consume everything up to the ending brace of the function.
>+        (cur, loc) = self.fast_forward_scope(cur, op, loc)

Neat!  I run this with extra printfs in the code, and notice that the
whole function implementation goes into the 'contents' field, which can
later be compared by 'compare_trees'.

>--- /dev/null
>+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py
>
> [...]
>
>+    DebugUtil.eprint('Failed to decode: %s' % string)
>+

New blank line at EOF, as warned by git am.
Joseph Myers Sept. 20, 2019, 4:53 p.m. UTC | #2
On Fri, 20 Sep 2019, Gabriel F. T. Gomes wrote:

> Thank you so much for doing this.  The patch looks good to me, although I
> think it would be a little bit better to use the commit date, instead of
> the author date, because it would make the order of the commits look a bit
> more sane and it would more closely resemble what we have today.

Yes, use of the commit date accords with what the GNU Coding Standards say 
about the ChangeLog format ("As for the date, that should be the date you 
applied the change.").
Siddhesh Poyarekar Sept. 20, 2019, 6:49 p.m. UTC | #3
On 20/09/19 9:50 AM, Gabriel F. T. Gomes wrote:
> Thank you so much for doing this.  The patch looks good to me, although I
> think it would be a little bit better to use the commit date, instead of
> the author date, because it would make the order of the commits look a bit
> more sane and it would more closely resemble what we have today.
> 
> To achieve this, you could apply the following patch on top of yours.
> 
> If you think that's nice, you have my OK to commit it with the change. If
> you would prefer to have the Author Date in the ChangeLog output, I'm also
> OK with it!  Thanks again!

Thanks, that is perfect, I've added it in and committed it.

>> +        # Consume everything up to the ending brace of the function.
>> +        (cur, loc) = self.fast_forward_scope(cur, op, loc)
> 
> Neat!  I run this with extra printfs in the code, and notice that the
> whole function implementation goes into the 'contents' field, which can
> later be compared by 'compare_trees'.

Yeah there's some cool stuff we can do with this, maybe some static
analysis on diffs to do some simple checks on the changed code.  In a
way, ChangeLog generation is sort of a stepping stone to this.

Thanks,
Siddhesh

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diff --git a/scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py b/scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py
new file mode 100755
index 0000000000..41c47bdf74
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/gitlog_to_changelog.py
@@ -0,0 +1,138 @@ 
+#!/usr/bin/python3
+# Main VCSToChangeLog script.
+# Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+#
+# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+#
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+#
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program.  If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+
+''' Generate a ChangeLog style output based on a VCS log.
+
+This script takes two revisions as input and generates a ChangeLog style output
+for all revisions between the two revisions.
+
+This script is intended to be executed from the project parent directory.
+
+The vcs_to_changelog directory has a file vcstocl_quirks.py that defines a
+function called get_project_quirks that returns a object of class type
+ProjectQuirks or a subclass of the same.  The definition of the ProjectQuirks
+class is below and it specifies the properties that the project must set to
+ensure correct parsing of its contents.
+
+Among other things, ProjectQurks specifies the VCS to read from; the default is
+assumed to be git.  The script then studies the VCS log and for each change,
+list out the nature of changes in the constituent files.
+
+Each file type may have parser frontends that can read files and construct
+objects that may be compared to determine the minimal changes that occured in
+each revision.  For files that do not have parsers, we may only know the nature
+of changes at the top level depending on the information that the VCS stores.
+
+The parser frontend must have a compare() method that takes the old and new
+files as arrays of strings and prints the output in ChangeLog format.
+
+Currently implemented VCS:
+
+    git
+
+Currently implemented frontends:
+
+    C
+'''
+import sys
+import os
+import re
+import argparse
+from vcs_to_changelog.misc_util import *
+from vcs_to_changelog import frontend_c
+from vcs_to_changelog.vcs_git import *
+
+debug = DebugUtil(False)
+
+class ProjectQuirks:
+    # This is a list of regex substitutions for C/C++ macros that are known to
+    # break parsing of the C programs.  Each member of this list is a dict with
+    # the key 'orig' having the regex and 'sub' having the substitution of the
+    # regex.
+    MACRO_QUIRKS = []
+
+    # This is a list of macro definitions that are extensively used and are
+    # known to break parsing due to some characteristic, mainly the lack of a
+    # semicolon at the end.
+    C_MACROS = []
+
+    # The repo type, defaults to git.
+    repo = 'git'
+
+    # List of files to ignore either because they are not needed (such as the
+    # ChangeLog) or because they are non-parseable.  For example, glibc has a
+    # header file that is only assembly code, which breaks the C parser.
+    IGNORE_LIST = ['ChangeLog']
+
+
+# Load quirks file.  We assume that the script is run from the top level source
+# directory.
+sys.path.append('/'.join([os.getcwd(), 'scripts', 'vcs_to_changelog']))
+try:
+    from vcstocl_quirks import *
+    project_quirks = get_project_quirks(debug)
+except:
+    project_quirks = ProjectQuirks()
+
+def analyze_diff(filename, oldfile, newfile, frontends):
+    ''' Parse the output of the old and new files and print the difference.
+
+    For input files OLDFILE and NEWFILE with name FILENAME, generate reduced
+    trees for them and compare them.  We limit our comparison to only C source
+    files.
+    '''
+    name, ext = os.path.splitext(filename)
+
+    if not ext in frontends.keys():
+        return None
+    else:
+        frontend = frontends[ext]
+        frontend.compare(oldfile, newfile)
+
+
+def main(repo, frontends, refs):
+    ''' ChangeLog Generator Entry Point.
+    '''
+    commits = repo.list_commits(args.refs)
+    for commit in commits:
+        repo.list_changes(commit, frontends)
+
+
+if __name__ == '__main__':
+    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
+
+    parser.add_argument('refs', metavar='ref', type=str, nargs=2,
+                     help='Refs to print ChangeLog entries between')
+
+    parser.add_argument('-d', '--debug', required=False, action='store_true',
+                     help='Run the file parser debugger.')
+
+    args = parser.parse_args()
+
+    debug.debug = args.debug
+
+    if len(args.refs) < 2:
+        debug.eprint('Two refs needed to get a ChangeLog.')
+        sys.exit(os.EX_USAGE)
+
+    REPO = {'git': GitRepo(project_quirks.IGNORE_LIST, debug)}
+
+    fe_c = frontend_c.Frontend(project_quirks, debug)
+    FRONTENDS = {'.c': fe_c,
+                 '.h': fe_c}
+
+    main(REPO[project_quirks.repo], FRONTENDS, args.refs)
diff --git a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py
new file mode 100644
index 0000000000..4191e86456
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/frontend_c.py
@@ -0,0 +1,827 @@ 
+#!/usr/bin/python3
+# The C Parser.
+# Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+#
+# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+#
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+#
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program.  If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+
+from enum import Enum
+import re
+from vcs_to_changelog.misc_util import *
+
+class block_flags(Enum):
+    ''' Flags for the code block.
+    '''
+    else_block = 1
+    macro_defined = 2
+    macro_redefined = 3
+
+
+class block_type(Enum):
+    ''' Type of code block.
+    '''
+    file = 1
+    macro_cond = 2
+    macro_def = 3
+    macro_undef = 4
+    macro_include = 5
+    macro_info = 6
+    decl = 7
+    func = 8
+    composite = 9
+    macrocall = 10
+    fndecl = 11
+    assign = 12
+    struct = 13
+    union = 14
+    enum = 15
+
+# A dictionary describing what each action (add, modify, delete) show up as in
+# the ChangeLog output.
+actions = {0:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified', 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.file:{'new': 'New file', 'mod': 'Modified file',
+                            'del': 'Remove file'},
+           block_type.macro_cond:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                                  'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.macro_def:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                                 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.macro_include:{'new': 'Include file', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                                     'del': 'Remove include'},
+           block_type.macro_info:{'new': 'New preprocessor message',
+                                  'mod': 'Modified', 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.decl:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified', 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.func:{'new': 'New function', 'mod': 'Modified function',
+                 'del': 'Remove function'},
+           block_type.composite:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                                 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.struct:{'new': 'New struct', 'mod': 'Modified struct',
+                                 'del': 'Remove struct'},
+           block_type.union:{'new': 'New union', 'mod': 'Modified union',
+                                 'del': 'Remove union'},
+           block_type.enum:{'new': 'New enum', 'mod': 'Modified enum',
+                                 'del': 'Remove enum'},
+           block_type.macrocall:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                                 'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.fndecl:{'new': 'New function', 'mod': 'Modified',
+                              'del': 'Remove'},
+           block_type.assign:{'new': 'New', 'mod': 'Modified', 'del': 'Remove'}}
+
+def new_block(name, type, contents, parent, flags = 0):
+    '''  Create a new code block with the parent as PARENT.
+
+    The code block is a basic structure around which the tree representation of
+    the source code is built.  It has the following attributes:
+
+    - name: A name to refer it by in the ChangeLog
+    - type: Any one of the following types in BLOCK_TYPE.
+    - contents: The contents of the block.  For a block of types file or
+      macro_cond, this would be a list of blocks that it nests.  For other types
+      it is a list with a single string specifying its contents.
+    - parent: This is the parent of the current block, useful in setting up
+      #elif or #else blocks in the tree.
+    - flags: A special field to indicate some properties of the block. See
+      BLOCK_FLAGS for values.
+    '''
+    block = {}
+    block['matched'] = False
+    block['name'] = name
+    block['type'] = type
+    block['contents'] = contents
+    block['parent'] = parent
+    if parent:
+        parent['contents'].append(block)
+
+    block['flags'] = flags
+    block['actions'] = actions[type]
+
+    return block
+
+
+class ExprParser:
+    ''' Parent class of all of the C expression parsers.
+
+    It is necessary that the children override the parse_line() method.
+    '''
+    ATTRIBUTE = r'(((__attribute__\s*\(\([^;]+\)\))|(asm\s*\([?)]+\)))\s*)*'
+
+    def __init__(self, project_quirks, debug):
+        self.project_quirks = project_quirks
+        self.debug = debug
+
+    def fast_forward_scope(self, cur, op, loc):
+        ''' Consume lines in a code block.
+
+        Consume all lines of a block of code such as a composite type declaration or
+        a function declaration.
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array as well as the updated
+          value of CUR, which will now have the body of the function or composite
+          type.
+        '''
+        nesting = cur.count('{') - cur.count('}')
+        while nesting > 0 and loc < len(op):
+            cur = cur + ' ' + op[loc]
+
+            nesting = nesting + op[loc].count('{')
+            nesting = nesting - op[loc].count('}')
+            loc = loc + 1
+
+        return (cur, loc)
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' The parse method should always be overridden by the child.
+        '''
+        raise
+
+
+class FuncParser(ExprParser):
+    REGEX = re.compile(ExprParser.ATTRIBUTE + r'\s*(\w+)\s*\([^(][^{]+\)\s*{')
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' Parse a function.
+
+        Match a function definition.
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+        found = re.search(self.REGEX, cur)
+        if not found:
+            return cur, loc
+
+        name = found.group(5)
+        self.debug.print('FOUND FUNC: %s' % name)
+
+        # Consume everything up to the ending brace of the function.
+        (cur, loc) = self.fast_forward_scope(cur, op, loc)
+
+        new_block(name, block_type.func, [cur], code)
+
+        return '', loc
+
+
+class CompositeParser(ExprParser):
+    # Composite types such as structs and unions.
+    REGEX = re.compile(r'(struct|union|enum)\s*(\w*)\s*{')
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' Parse a composite type.
+
+        Match declaration of a composite type such as a sruct or a union..
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+        found = re.search(self.REGEX, cur)
+        if not found:
+            return cur, loc
+
+        # Lap up all of the struct definition.
+        (cur, loc) = self.fast_forward_scope(cur, op, loc)
+
+        name = found.group(2)
+
+        if not name:
+            if 'typedef' in cur:
+                name = re.sub(r'.*}\s*(\w+);$', r'\1', cur)
+            else:
+                name= '<anoymous>'
+
+        ctype = found.group(1)
+
+        if ctype == 'struct':
+            blocktype = block_type.struct
+        if ctype == 'enum':
+            blocktype = block_type.enum
+        if ctype == 'union':
+            blocktype = block_type.union
+
+        new_block(name, block_type.composite, [cur], code)
+
+        return '', loc
+
+
+class AssignParser(ExprParser):
+    # Static assignments.
+    REGEX = re.compile(r'(\w+)\s*(\[[^\]]*\])*\s*([^\s]*attribute[\s\w()]+)?\s*=')
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' Parse an assignment statement.
+
+        This includes array assignments.
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+        found = re.search(self.REGEX, cur)
+        if not found:
+            return cur, loc
+
+        name = found.group(1)
+        self.debug.print('FOUND ASSIGN: %s' % name)
+        # Lap up everything up to semicolon.
+        while ';' not in cur and loc < len(op):
+            cur = op[loc]
+            loc = loc + 1
+
+        new_block(name, block_type.assign, [cur], code)
+
+        return '', loc
+
+
+class DeclParser(ExprParser):
+    # Function pointer typedefs.
+    TYPEDEF_FN_RE = re.compile(r'\(\*(\w+)\)\s*\([^)]+\);')
+
+    # Simple decls.
+    DECL_RE = re.compile(r'(\w+)(\[\w*\])*\s*' + ExprParser.ATTRIBUTE + ';')
+
+    # __typeof decls.
+    TYPEOF_RE = re.compile(r'__typeof\s*\([\w\s]+\)\s*(\w+)\s*' + \
+                           ExprParser.ATTRIBUTE + ';')
+
+    # Function Declarations.
+    FNDECL_RE = re.compile(r'\s*(\w+)\s*\([^\(][^;]*\)\s*' +
+                           ExprParser.ATTRIBUTE + ';')
+
+    def __init__(self, regex, blocktype, project_quirks, debug):
+        # The regex for the current instance.
+        self.REGEX = regex
+        self.blocktype = blocktype
+        super().__init__(project_quirks, debug)
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' Parse a top level declaration.
+
+        All types of declarations except function declarations.
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this function
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+        found = re.search(self.REGEX, cur)
+        if not found:
+            return cur, loc
+
+        # The name is the first group for all of the above regexes.  This is a
+        # coincidence, so care must be taken if regexes are added or changed to
+        # ensure that this is true.
+        name = found.group(1)
+
+        self.debug.print('FOUND DECL: %s' % name)
+        new_block(name, self.blocktype, [cur], code)
+
+        return '', loc
+
+
+class MacroParser(ExprParser):
+    # The macrocall_re peeks into the next line to ensure that it doesn't
+    # eat up a FUNC by accident.  The func_re regex is also quite crude and
+    # only intends to ensure that the function name gets picked up
+    # correctly.
+    MACROCALL_RE = re.compile(r'(\w+)\s*(\(.*\))*$')
+
+    def parse_line(self, cur, op, loc, code, macros):
+        ''' Parse a macro call.
+
+        Match a symbol hack macro calls that get added without semicolons.
+
+        - CUR is the string to consume this expression from
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this
+        - MACROS is the regex match object.
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+
+        # First we have the macros for symbol hacks and all macros we identified so
+        # far.
+        if cur.count('(') != cur.count(')'):
+            return cur, loc
+        if loc < len(op) and '{' in op[loc]:
+            return cur, loc
+
+        found = re.search(self.MACROCALL_RE, cur)
+        if found:
+            sym = found.group(1)
+            name = found.group(2)
+            if sym in macros or self.project_quirks and \
+                    sym in self.project_quirks.C_MACROS:
+                self.debug.print('FOUND MACROCALL: %s (%s)' % (sym, name))
+                new_block(sym, block_type.macrocall, [cur], code)
+                return '', loc
+
+        # Next, there could be macros that get called right inside their #ifdef, but
+        # without the semi-colon.
+        if cur.strip() == code['name'].strip():
+            self.debug.print('FOUND MACROCALL (without brackets): %s' % (cur))
+            new_block(cur, block_type.macrocall, [cur], code)
+            return '',loc
+
+        return cur, loc
+
+
+class Frontend:
+    ''' The C Frontend implementation.
+    '''
+    KNOWN_MACROS = []
+
+    def __init__(self, project_quirks, debug):
+        self.op = []
+        self.debug = debug
+        self.project_quirks = project_quirks
+
+        self.c_expr_parsers = [
+                CompositeParser(project_quirks, debug),
+                AssignParser(project_quirks, debug),
+                DeclParser(DeclParser.TYPEOF_RE, block_type.decl,
+                           project_quirks, debug),
+                DeclParser(DeclParser.TYPEDEF_FN_RE, block_type.decl,
+                           project_quirks, debug),
+                DeclParser(DeclParser.FNDECL_RE, block_type.fndecl,
+                           project_quirks, debug),
+                FuncParser(project_quirks, debug),
+                DeclParser(DeclParser.DECL_RE, block_type.decl, project_quirks,
+                           debug),
+                MacroParser(project_quirks, debug)]
+
+
+    def remove_extern_c(self):
+        ''' Process extern "C"/"C++" block nesting.
+
+        The extern "C" nesting does not add much value so it's safe to almost always
+        drop it.  Also drop extern "C++"
+        '''
+        new_op = []
+        nesting = 0
+        extern_nesting = 0
+        for l in self.op:
+            if '{' in l:
+                nesting = nesting + 1
+            if re.match(r'extern\s*"C"\s*{', l):
+                extern_nesting = nesting
+                continue
+            if '}' in l:
+                nesting = nesting - 1
+                if nesting < extern_nesting:
+                    extern_nesting = 0
+                    continue
+            new_op.append(l)
+
+        # Now drop all extern C++ blocks.
+        self.op = new_op
+        new_op = []
+        nesting = 0
+        extern_nesting = 0
+        in_cpp = False
+        for l in self.op:
+            if re.match(r'extern\s*"C\+\+"\s*{', l):
+                nesting = nesting + 1
+                in_cpp = True
+
+            if in_cpp:
+                if '{' in l:
+                    nesting = nesting + 1
+                if '}' in l:
+                    nesting = nesting - 1
+            if nesting == 0:
+                new_op.append(l)
+
+        self.op = new_op
+
+
+    def remove_comments(self, op):
+        ''' Remove comments.
+
+        Return OP by removing all comments from it.
+        '''
+        self.debug.print('REMOVE COMMENTS')
+
+        sep='\n'
+        opstr = sep.join(op)
+        opstr = re.sub(r'/\*.*?\*/', r'', opstr, flags=re.MULTILINE | re.DOTALL)
+        opstr = re.sub(r'\\\n', r' ', opstr, flags=re.MULTILINE | re.DOTALL)
+        new_op = list(filter(None, opstr.split(sep)))
+
+        return new_op
+
+
+    def normalize_condition(self, name):
+        ''' Make some minor transformations on macro conditions to make them more
+        readable.
+        '''
+        # Negation with a redundant bracket.
+        name = re.sub(r'!\s*\(\s*(\w+)\s*\)', r'! \1', name)
+        # Pull in negation of equality.
+        name = re.sub(r'!\s*\(\s*(\w+)\s*==\s*(\w+)\)', r'\1 != \2', name)
+        # Pull in negation of inequality.
+        name = re.sub(r'!\s*\(\s*(\w+)\s*!=\s*(\w+)\)', r'\1 == \2', name)
+        # Fix simple double negation.
+        name = re.sub(r'!\s*\(\s*!\s*(\w+)\s*\)', r'\1', name)
+        # Similar, but nesting a complex expression.  Because of the greedy match,
+        # this matches only the outermost brackets.
+        name = re.sub(r'!\s*\(\s*!\s*\((.*)\)\s*\)$', r'\1', name)
+        return name
+
+
+    def parse_preprocessor(self, loc, code, start = ''):
+        ''' Parse a preprocessor directive.
+
+        In case a preprocessor condition (i.e. if/elif/else), create a new code
+        block to nest code into and in other cases, identify and add entities suchas
+        include files, defines, etc.
+
+        - OP is the string array for the file
+        - LOC is the first unread location in CUR
+        - CODE is the block to which we add this function
+        - START is the string that should continue to be expanded in case we step
+          into a new macro scope.
+
+        - Returns: The next location to be read in the array.
+        '''
+        cur = self.op[loc]
+        loc = loc + 1
+        endblock = False
+
+        self.debug.print('PARSE_MACRO: %s' % cur)
+
+        # Remove the # and strip spaces again.
+        cur = cur[1:].strip()
+
+        # Include file.
+        if cur.find('include') == 0:
+            m = re.search(r'include\s*["<]?([^">]+)[">]?', cur)
+            new_block(m.group(1), block_type.macro_include, [cur], code)
+
+        # Macro definition.
+        if cur.find('define') == 0:
+            m = re.search(r'define\s+([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)', cur)
+            name = m.group(1)
+            exists = False
+            # Find out if this is a redefinition.
+            for c in code['contents']:
+                if c['name'] == name and c['type'] == block_type.macro_def:
+                    c['flags'] = block_flags.macro_redefined
+                    exists = True
+                    break
+            if not exists:
+                new_block(m.group(1), block_type.macro_def, [cur], code,
+                          block_flags.macro_defined)
+                # Add macros as we encounter them.
+                self.KNOWN_MACROS.append(m.group(1))
+
+        # Macro undef.
+        if cur.find('undef') == 0:
+            m = re.search(r'undef\s+([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)', cur)
+            new_block(m.group(1), block_type.macro_def, [cur], code)
+
+        # #error and #warning macros.
+        if cur.find('error') == 0 or cur.find('warning') == 0:
+            m = re.search(r'(error|warning)\s+"?(.*)"?', cur)
+            if m:
+                name = m.group(2)
+            else:
+                name = '<blank>'
+            new_block(name, block_type.macro_info, [cur], code)
+
+        # Start of an #if or #ifdef block.
+        elif cur.find('if') == 0:
+            rem = re.sub(r'ifndef', r'!', cur).strip()
+            rem = re.sub(r'(ifdef|defined|if)', r'', rem).strip()
+            rem = self.normalize_condition(rem)
+            ifdef = new_block(rem, block_type.macro_cond, [], code)
+            ifdef['headcond'] = ifdef
+            ifdef['start'] = start
+            loc = self.parse_line(loc, ifdef, start)
+
+        # End the previous #if/#elif and begin a new block.
+        elif cur.find('elif') == 0 and code['parent']:
+            rem = self.normalize_condition(re.sub(r'(elif|defined)', r'', cur).strip())
+            # The #else and #elif blocks should go into the current block's parent.
+            ifdef = new_block(rem, block_type.macro_cond, [], code['parent'])
+            ifdef['headcond'] = code['headcond']
+            loc = self.parse_line(loc, ifdef, code['headcond']['start'])
+            endblock = True
+
+        # End the previous #if/#elif and begin a new block.
+        elif cur.find('else') == 0 and code['parent']:
+            name = self.normalize_condition('!(' + code['name'] + ')')
+            ifdef = new_block(name, block_type.macro_cond, [], code['parent'],
+                              block_flags.else_block)
+            ifdef['headcond'] = code['headcond']
+            loc = self.parse_line(loc, ifdef, code['headcond']['start'])
+            endblock = True
+
+        elif cur.find('endif') == 0 and code['parent']:
+            # Insert an empty else block if there isn't one.
+            if code['flags'] != block_flags.else_block:
+                name = self.normalize_condition('!(' + code['name'] + ')')
+                ifdef = new_block(name, block_type.macro_cond, [], code['parent'],
+                                  block_flags.else_block)
+                ifdef['headcond'] = code['headcond']
+                loc = self.parse_line(loc - 1, ifdef, code['headcond']['start'])
+            endblock = True
+
+        return (loc, endblock)
+
+
+    def parse_c_expr(self, cur, loc, code):
+        ''' Parse a C expression.
+
+        CUR is the string to be parsed, which continues to grow until a match is
+        found.  OP is the string array and LOC is the first unread location in the
+        string array.  CODE is the block in which any identified expressions should
+        be added.
+        '''
+        self.debug.print('PARSING: %s' % cur)
+
+        for p in self.c_expr_parsers:
+            cur, loc = p.parse_line(cur, self.op, loc, code, self.KNOWN_MACROS)
+            if not cur:
+                break
+
+        return cur, loc
+
+
+    def expand_problematic_macros(self, cur):
+        ''' Replace problem macros with their substitutes in CUR.
+        '''
+        for p in self.project_quirks.MACRO_QUIRKS:
+            cur = re.sub(p['orig'], p['sub'], cur)
+
+        return cur
+
+
+    def parse_line(self, loc, code, start = ''):
+        '''
+        Parse the file line by line.  The function assumes a mostly GNU coding
+        standard compliant input so it might barf with anything that is eligible for
+        the Obfuscated C code contest.
+
+        The basic idea of the parser is to identify macro conditional scopes and
+        definitions, includes, etc. and then parse the remaining C code in the
+        context of those macro scopes.  The parser does not try to understand the
+        semantics of the code or even validate its syntax.  It only records high
+        level symbols in the source and makes a tree structure to indicate the
+        declaration/definition of those symbols and their scope in the macro
+        definitions.
+
+        OP is the string array.
+        LOC is the first unparsed line.
+        CODE is the block scope within which the parsing is currently going on.
+        START is the string with which this parsing should start.
+        '''
+        cur = start
+        endblock = False
+        saved_cur = ''
+        saved_loc = 0
+        endblock_loc = loc
+
+        while loc < len(self.op):
+            nextline = self.op[loc]
+
+            # Macros.
+            if nextline[0] == '#':
+                (loc, endblock) = self.parse_preprocessor(loc, code, cur)
+                if endblock:
+                    endblock_loc = loc
+            # Rest of C Code.
+            else:
+                cur = cur + ' ' + nextline
+                cur = self.expand_problematic_macros(cur).strip()
+                cur, loc = self.parse_c_expr(cur, loc + 1, code)
+
+            if endblock and not cur:
+                # If we are returning from the first #if block, we want to proceed
+                # beyond the current block, not repeat it for any preceding blocks.
+                if code['headcond'] == code:
+                    return loc
+                else:
+                    return endblock_loc
+
+        return loc
+
+    def drop_empty_blocks(self, tree):
+        ''' Drop empty macro conditional blocks.
+        '''
+        newcontents = []
+
+        for x in tree['contents']:
+            if x['type'] != block_type.macro_cond or len(x['contents']) > 0:
+                newcontents.append(x)
+
+        for t in newcontents:
+            if t['type'] == block_type.macro_cond:
+                self.drop_empty_blocks(t)
+
+        tree['contents'] = newcontents
+
+
+    def consolidate_tree_blocks(self, tree):
+        ''' Consolidate common macro conditional blocks.
+
+        Get macro conditional blocks at the same level but scatterred across the
+        file together into a single common block to allow for better comparison.
+        '''
+        # Nothing to do for non-nesting blocks.
+        if tree['type'] != block_type.macro_cond \
+                and tree['type'] != block_type.file:
+            return
+
+        # Now for nesting blocks, get the list of unique condition names and
+        # consolidate code under them.  The result also bunches up all the
+        # conditions at the top.
+        newcontents = []
+
+        macros = [x for x in tree['contents'] \
+                  if x['type'] == block_type.macro_cond]
+        macro_names = sorted(set([x['name'] for x in macros]))
+        for m in macro_names:
+            nc = [x['contents'] for x in tree['contents'] if x['name'] == m \
+                    and x['type'] == block_type.macro_cond]
+            b = new_block(m, block_type.macro_cond, sum(nc, []), tree)
+            self.consolidate_tree_blocks(b)
+            newcontents.append(b)
+
+        newcontents.extend([x for x in tree['contents'] \
+                            if x['type'] != block_type.macro_cond])
+
+        tree['contents'] = newcontents
+
+
+    def compact_tree(self, tree):
+        ''' Try to reduce the tree to its minimal form.
+
+        A source code tree in its simplest form may have a lot of duplicated
+        information that may be difficult to compare and come up with a minimal
+        difference.
+        '''
+
+        # First, drop all empty blocks.
+        self.drop_empty_blocks(tree)
+
+        # Macro conditions that nest the entire file aren't very interesting.  This
+        # should take care of the header guards.
+        if tree['type'] == block_type.file \
+                and len(tree['contents']) == 1 \
+                and tree['contents'][0]['type'] == block_type.macro_cond:
+            tree['contents'] = tree['contents'][0]['contents']
+
+        # Finally consolidate all macro conditional blocks.
+        self.consolidate_tree_blocks(tree)
+
+
+    def parse(self, op):
+        ''' File parser.
+
+        Parse the input array of lines OP and generate a tree structure to
+        represent the file.  This tree structure is then used for comparison between
+        the old and new file.
+        '''
+        self.KNOWN_MACROS = []
+        tree = new_block('', block_type.file, [], None)
+        self.op = self.remove_comments(op)
+        self.remove_extern_c()
+        self.op = [re.sub(r'#\s+', '#', x) for x in self.op]
+        self.parse_line(0, tree)
+        self.compact_tree(tree)
+        self.dump_tree(tree, 0)
+
+        return tree
+
+
+    def print_change(self, tree, action, prologue = ''):
+        ''' Print the nature of the differences found in the tree compared to the
+        other tree.  TREE is the tree that changed, action is what the change was
+        (Added, Removed, Modified) and prologue specifies the macro scope the change
+        is in.  The function calls itself recursively for all macro condition tree
+        nodes.
+        '''
+
+        if tree['type'] != block_type.macro_cond:
+            print('\t%s(%s): %s.' % (prologue, tree['name'], action))
+            return
+
+        prologue = '%s[%s]' % (prologue, tree['name'])
+        for t in tree['contents']:
+            if t['type'] == block_type.macro_cond:
+                self.print_change(t, action, prologue)
+            else:
+                print('\t%s(%s): %s.' % (prologue, t['name'], action))
+
+
+    def compare_trees(self, left, right, prologue = ''):
+        ''' Compare two trees and print the difference.
+
+        This routine is the entry point to compare two trees and print out their
+        differences.  LEFT and RIGHT will always have the same name and type,
+        starting with block_type.file and '' at the top level.
+        '''
+
+        if left['type'] == block_type.macro_cond or left['type'] == block_type.file:
+
+            if left['type'] == block_type.macro_cond:
+                prologue = '%s[%s]' % (prologue, left['name'])
+
+            # Make sure that everything in the left tree exists in the right tree.
+            for cl in left['contents']:
+                found = False
+                for cr in right['contents']:
+                    if not cl['matched'] and not cr['matched'] and \
+                            cl['name'] == cr['name'] and cl['type'] == cr['type']:
+                        cl['matched'] = cr['matched'] = True
+                        self.compare_trees(cl, cr, prologue)
+                        found = True
+                        break
+                if not found:
+                    self.print_change(cl, cl['actions']['del'], prologue)
+
+            # ... and vice versa.  This time we only need to look at unmatched
+            # contents.
+            for cr in right['contents']:
+                if not cr['matched']:
+                    self.print_change(cr, cr['actions']['new'], prologue)
+        else:
+            if left['contents'] != right['contents']:
+                self.print_change(left, left['actions']['mod'], prologue)
+
+
+    def dump_tree(self, tree, indent):
+        ''' Print the entire tree.
+        '''
+        if not self.debug.debug:
+            return
+
+        if tree['type'] == block_type.macro_cond or tree['type'] == block_type.file:
+            print('%sScope: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            for c in tree['contents']:
+                self.dump_tree(c, indent + 4)
+            print('%sEndScope: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+        else:
+            if tree['type'] == block_type.func:
+                print('%sFUNC: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.composite:
+                print('%sCOMPOSITE: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.assign:
+                print('%sASSIGN: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.fndecl:
+                print('%sFNDECL: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.decl:
+                print('%sDECL: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.macrocall:
+                print('%sMACROCALL: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.macro_def:
+                print('%sDEFINE: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.macro_include:
+                print('%sINCLUDE: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            elif tree['type'] == block_type.macro_undef:
+                print('%sUNDEF: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+            else:
+                print('%sMACRO LEAF: %s' % (' ' * indent, tree['name']))
+
+
+    def compare(self, oldfile, newfile):
+        ''' Entry point for the C backend.
+
+        Parse the two files into trees and compare them.  Print the result of the
+        comparison in the ChangeLog-like format.
+        '''
+        self.debug.print('LEFT TREE')
+        self.debug.print('-' * 80)
+        left = self.parse(oldfile)
+
+        self.debug.print('RIGHT TREE')
+        self.debug.print('-' * 80)
+        right = self.parse(newfile)
+
+        self.compare_trees(left, right)
diff --git a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py
new file mode 100644
index 0000000000..3b2c90f7d2
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/misc_util.py
@@ -0,0 +1,52 @@ 
+# General Utility functions.
+# Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+#
+# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+#
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+#
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program.  If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+
+import sys
+
+class DebugUtil:
+    debug = False
+    def __init__(self, debug):
+        self.debug = debug
+
+    def eprint(self, *args, **kwargs):
+        ''' Print to stderr.
+        '''
+        print(*args, file=sys.stderr, **kwargs)
+
+
+    def print(self, *args, **kwargs):
+        ''' Convenience function to print diagnostic information in the program.
+        '''
+        if self.debug:
+            self.eprint(*args, **kwargs)
+
+
+def decode(string):
+    ''' Attempt to decode a string.
+
+    Decode a string read from the source file.  The multiple attempts are needed
+    due to the presence of the page break characters and some tests in locales.
+    '''
+    codecs = ['utf8', 'latin1', 'cp1252']
+
+    for i in codecs:
+        try:
+            return string.decode(i)
+        except UnicodeDecodeError:
+            pass
+
+    DebugUtil.eprint('Failed to decode: %s' % string)
+
diff --git a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
new file mode 100644
index 0000000000..f17846c385
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcs_git.py
@@ -0,0 +1,163 @@ 
+# Git repo support.
+# Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+#
+# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+#
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+#
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program.  If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+
+from gitlog_to_changelog import analyze_diff
+import subprocess
+import re
+from misc_util import *
+
+class GitRepo:
+    def __init__(self, ignore_list, debug):
+        self.ignore_list = ignore_list
+        self.debug = debug
+
+
+    def exec_git_cmd(self, args):
+        ''' Execute a git command and return its result as a list of strings.
+        '''
+        args.insert(0, 'git')
+        self.debug.print(args)
+        proc = subprocess.Popen(args, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
+
+        # Clean up the output by removing trailing spaces, newlines and dropping
+        # blank lines.
+        op = [decode(x[:-1]).strip() for x in proc.stdout]
+        op = [re.sub(r'[\s\f]+', ' ', x) for x in op]
+        op = [x for x in op if x]
+        return op
+
+
+    def list_changes(self, commit, frontends):
+        ''' List changes in a single commit.
+
+        For the input commit id COMMIT, identify the files that have changed and the
+        nature of their changes.  Print commit information in the ChangeLog format,
+        calling into helper functions as necessary.
+        '''
+
+        op = self.exec_git_cmd(['show', '--date=short', '--raw', commit])
+        authors = []
+        date = ''
+        merge = False
+        copyright_exempt=''
+        subject= ''
+
+        for l in op:
+            if l.lower().find('copyright-paperwork-exempt:') == 0 \
+                    and 'yes' in l.lower():
+                copyright_exempt=' (tiny change)'
+            elif l.lower().find('co-authored-by:') == 0 or \
+                    l.find('Author:') == 0:
+                author = l.split(':')[1]
+                author = re.sub(r'([^ ]*)\s*(<.*)', r'\1  \2', author.strip())
+                authors.append(author)
+            elif l.find('Date:') == 0:
+                date = l[5:].strip()
+            elif l.find('Merge:') == 0:
+                merge = True
+            elif not subject and date:
+                subject = l.strip()
+
+        # Find raw commit information for all non-ChangeLog files.
+        op = [x[1:] for x in op if len(x) > 0 and re.match(r'^:[0-9]+', x)]
+
+        # Skip all ignored files.
+        for ign in self.ignore_list:
+            op = [x for x in op if ign not in x]
+
+        # It was only the ChangeLog, ignore.
+        if len(op) == 0:
+            return
+
+        print('%s  %s' % (date, authors[0]))
+
+        if (len(authors) > 1):
+            authors = authors[1:]
+            for author in authors:
+                print('            %s' % author)
+
+        print()
+
+        if merge:
+           print('\t MERGE COMMIT: %s\n' % commit)
+           return
+
+        print('\tCOMMIT%s: %s\n\t%s\n' % (copyright_exempt, commit, subject))
+
+        # Changes across a large number of files are typically mechanical (URL
+        # updates, copyright notice changes, etc.) and likely not interesting
+        # enough to produce a detailed ChangeLog entry.
+        if len(op) > 100:
+            print('\t* Suppressing diff as too many files differ.')
+            return
+
+        # Each of these lines has a space separated format like so:
+        # :<OLD MODE> <NEW MODE> <OLD REF> <NEW REF> <OPERATION> <FILE1> <FILE2>
+        #
+        # where OPERATION can be one of the following:
+        # A: File added
+        # D: File removed
+        # M[0-9]{3}: File modified
+        # R[0-9]{3}: File renamed, with the 3 digit number following it indicating
+        # what percentage of the file is intact.
+        # C[0-9]{3}: File copied.  Same semantics as R.
+        # T: The permission bits of the file changed
+        # U: Unmerged.  We should not encounter this, so we ignore it/
+        # X, or anything else: Most likely a bug.  Report it.
+        #
+        # FILE2 is set only when OPERATION is R or C, to indicate the new file name.
+        #
+        # Also note that merge commits have a different format here, with three
+        # entries each for the modes and refs, but we don't bother with it for now.
+        #
+        # For more details: https://git-scm.com/docs/diff-format
+        for f in op:
+            data = f.split()
+            if data[4] == 'A':
+                print('\t* %s: New file.' % data[5])
+            elif data[4] == 'D':
+                print('\t* %s: Delete file.' % data[5])
+            elif data[4] == 'T':
+                print('\t* %s: Changed file permission bits from %s to %s' % \
+                        (data[5], data[0], data[1]))
+            elif data[4][0] == 'M':
+                print('\t* %s: Modified.' % data[5])
+                analyze_diff(data[5],
+                             self.exec_git_cmd(['show', data[2]]),
+                             self.exec_git_cmd(['show', data[3]]), frontends)
+            elif data[4][0] == 'R' or data[4][0] == 'C':
+                change = int(data[4][1:])
+                print('\t* %s: Move to...' % data[5])
+                print('\t* %s: ... here.' % data[6])
+                if change < 100:
+                    analyze_diff(data[6],
+                                 self.exec_git_cmd(['show', data[2]]),
+                                 self.exec_git_cmd(['show', data[3]]), frontends)
+            # We should never encounter this, so ignore for now.
+            elif data[4] == 'U':
+                pass
+            else:
+                eprint('%s: Unknown line format %s' % (commit, data[4]))
+                sys.exit(42)
+
+        print('')
+
+
+    def list_commits(self, revs):
+        ''' List commit IDs between the two revs in the REVS list.
+        '''
+        ref = revs[0] + '..' + revs[1]
+        return self.exec_git_cmd(['log', '--pretty=%H', ref])
diff --git a/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py
new file mode 100644
index 0000000000..b29ea56031
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/vcs_to_changelog/vcstocl_quirks.py
@@ -0,0 +1,64 @@ 
+#!/usr/bin/python3
+# VCSToChangeLog Quirks for the GNU C Library.
+
+# Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+#
+# The GNU C Library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
+# modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
+# License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
+# version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
+#
+# The GNU C Library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
+# Lesser General Public License for more details.
+#
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
+# License along with the GNU C Library; if not, see
+# <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+
+from frontend_c import Frontend
+from vcs_to_changelog import ProjectQuirks
+import re
+
+class GlibcProjectQuirks(ProjectQuirks):
+    repo = 'git'
+
+    IGNORE_LIST = [
+        'ChangeLog',
+        'sysdeps/x86_64/dl-trampoline.h'
+    ]
+
+    MACRO_QUIRKS = \
+        [{'orig': r'ElfW\((\w+)\)', 'sub': r'\1__ELF_NATIVE_CLASS_t'},
+         {'orig': r'(libc_freeres_fn)\s*\((\w+)\)', 'sub': r'static void \1__\2 (void)'},
+         {'orig': r'(IMPL)\s*\((\w+), .*\)$', 'sub': r'static void \1__\2 (void) {}'},
+         {'orig': r'__(BEGIN|END)_DECLS', 'sub': r''},
+         {'orig': 'weak_function', 'sub': '__attribute__ ((weak))'},
+         {'orig': r'ATTRIBUTE_(CONST|MALLOC|PURE|FORMAT)',
+          'sub': r'__attribute__ ((\1))'},
+         {'orig': r'__THROW', 'sub': r'__attribute__ ((__nothrow__ __LEAF))'},
+         {'orig': r'__THROWNL', 'sub': r'__attribute__ ((__nothrow__))'},
+         {'orig': r'([^_])attribute_(\w+)', 'sub': r'\1__attribute__ ((\2))'},
+         {'orig': r'^attribute_(\w+)', 'sub': r'__attribute__ ((\1))'}]
+
+    def __init__(self, debug):
+        self.debug = debug
+        ''' Build a list of macro calls used for symbol versioning and attributes.
+
+        glibc uses a set of macro calls that do not end with a semi-colon and hence
+        breaks our parser.  Identify those calls from include/libc-symbols.h and
+        filter them out.
+        '''
+        with open('include/libc-symbols.h') as macrofile:
+            op = macrofile.readlines()
+            op = Frontend.remove_comments(self, op)
+            self.C_MACROS = [re.sub(r'.*define (\w+).*', r'\1', x[:-1]) for x in op \
+                             if 'define ' in x]
+
+        super().__init__()
+
+def get_project_quirks(debug):
+    ''' Accessor function.
+    '''
+    return GlibcProjectQuirks(debug)