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Re: [wdiff-bugs] Re: wdiff (was: Re: gnulib-cache.m4 readability)

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [wdiff-bugs] Re: wdiff (was: Re: gnulib-cache.m4 readability)
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 19:01:35 -0500

     I've been waiting until I figure out the proper format for them,
    including how to attribute patches 

In general, if all you're doing is installing a diff, then the ChangeLog
entry should use their name and email, not yours.  The date should be
the date you installed it, however.  For example, if you installed a
change from me today, you would write

2008-07-01  Karl Berry  <address@hidden>

    * wdiff.c (main): turned the main loop into garbage.


If you're making some changes to their diff, then use your judgment.
Sometimes I use my name in the author line and say "based on" in the
main entry.

There is also "(tiny change)" to deal with, at least if wdiff is
copyright FSF (is it?).

See the "Change Logs" section in standards.texi and the "Legally
Significant Papers" section in maintain.texi for more.

    and bug reports/

If all they did was report the bug, not supply any code, then it's up to
you whether to attribute it or not.  If you do, be clear about it.  I
write things like this:
"Bug report from Joe User, bug-texinfo mail 29 Jun 2008 22:40:34", where
that date serves as a kind of unique id.  That's just me, though,
different projects do it differently.  What's important is to make it
clear that they didn't write any code.

    non-code fixes.  

In general, all the same things apply.  Use nodes in the Texinfo file as
the "function" names.  


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