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Re: [libvirt] Autogenerate AUTHORS?

On 06/15/2012 12:17 PM, Cole Robinson wrote:
> Hi,
> The AUTHORS file causes a lot of pain doing backports to -maint branches. It
> almost always causes conflicts, and the changes can't just be dropped
> otherwise 'make syntax-check' breaks.
> Is there anything preventing us from just auto generating this at dist time?
> Besides, of course, needing someone to actually implement it.

GNU Coreutils autogenerates its THANKS file by combining THANKS.in
(header and non-commit authors) with git commit authors.  Someone could
probably use that for inspiration in writing such a patch.  And the fact
that we already have a 'make syntax-check' that validates that AUTHORS
is up-to-date already means that we have code for a lot of the
automation, if we just further tweak it into an automated generation
instead of the current verification.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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