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Re: [Findutils-patches] [PATCH 2/2] maint: make copyright statements mor

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: [Findutils-patches] [PATCH 2/2] maint: make copyright statements more consistent
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:10:19 +0000

On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 1:23 AM, Bernhard Voelker
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Instead of growing lists of copyright year numbers with gaps,
> convert the sequence to a minimal containing range, e.g.:
>   -Copyright @copyright{} 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000-2001, 2003-2016 Free
>   -Software Foundation, Inc.
>   +Copyright @copyright{} 1994-2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This change will take effect the next time 'make update-copyright' is run.
> * cfg.mk (update-copyright-env): Add UPDATE_COPYRIGHT_FORCE=1
> to rejoin some split lines, and UPDATE_COPYRIGHT_USE_INTERVALS=2
> to make update-copyright use only one year range.

I don't think we should use UPDATE_COPYRIGHT_USE_INTERVALS=2 because
the GNU guidance prefers gaps to be preserved (from

> You can use a range (‘2008-2010’) instead of listing individual years (‘2008, 
> 2009, 2010’) if and only if: 1) every year in the range, inclusive, really is 
> a “copyrightable” year that would be listed individually; and 2) you make an 
> explicit statement in a README file about this usage.

Other than this, the change seems good to me with

>  cfg.mk | 5 +++++
>  1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/cfg.mk b/cfg.mk
> index ed873ad..37a07d0 100644
> --- a/cfg.mk
> +++ b/cfg.mk
> @@ -56,6 +56,11 @@ exclude_file_name_regexp--sc_texinfo_acronym = 
> doc/perm\.texi
>  # cases where neither argument is a string literal.
>  local-checks-to-skip += sc_prohibit_strcmp
> +# Use a minimal containing copyright year number range instead of a sequence
> +# with gaps.
> +update-copyright-env = \
>  # NEWS hash.  We use this to detect unintended edits to bits of the NEWS file
>  # other than the most recent section.   If you do need to retrospectively 
> update
> --
> 2.1.4
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