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Re: Licensing of modules for libposix

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Licensing of modules for libposix
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 11:37:29 +0200

Reuben Thomas wrote:
> On 4 May 2011 10:03, Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> the underlying problem appears to be that copyright holders are not
>>> listed in the file headers.
> This needs to be addressed, because otherwise any package using gnulib
> has to go back to gnulib git to determine authorship. One expects to
> be able to determine copyright of code by reading that code.

Copyright is covered by the notice at the top of every file.
Authorship is another story. I've seen no reason to add the name
of every "author" to each source file that's affected (and am
strongly inclined never to do that).
That is meta data and belongs in the logs, not in the sources.

Besides, users of gnulib will need to know authorship of an
individual file no more than we need to know who contributed
to glibc's stdio-common/vprintf.c.

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