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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: git commit: Automate maintenance of the THANKS file
Date Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:09:33 GMT

On Jun 17, 2012, at 22:05 , Paul Davis wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2012, at 21:56 , Paul Davis wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
>>>> On Jun 17, 2012, at 21:29 , Paul Davis wrote:
>>>>> I'm not sure I like this so much. Playing around with it, its a bit
>>>>> prone to screw ups.
>>>> I just don't want to maintain this file manually any more. It is
>>>> error-prone and makes merging user-contributions a pain. I'm happy
>>>> to have this implemented in any other way, but I think we should
>>>> try to remove any mechanical steps from maintaining our source if
>>>> we can. I hope you agree! :)
>>> Its an extra step but not one that I find to be particularly onerous.
>>> Given that we're already working on codifying merge practices I don't
>>> see why we don't just add a check box for "includes commit adding
>>> yourself to the THANKS file if this is your first contribution" that
>>> we look for.
>> That's a fair point, but this has annoyed me forever.
>>>>> It also breaks if AUTHORS.gz exists before you
>>>>> pull in new commits. We could solve that by forcing it to build every
>>>>> time but that's a bit of a hack for not much gain.
>>>> Can you explain how it breaks if AUTHORS.gz exists before the merge?
>>>> If you mean THANKS.gz, my idea was that this is only relevant on
>>>> packaging time (make distcheck) where THANKS.gz by definition does
>>>> not exist.
>>> I'm not sure its a good idea to have a file that is only built
>>> correctly in special circumstances.
>> I'm happy to add an rm -f $< to the target.
>>>>> Its also got Benoit in there twice since he made commits with slightly
>>>>> different author/committer names which also seems awkward.
>>>> The subsequent .mailmap commit fixes the dupes. The push emails seem
>>>> to be delayed atm, I reported this to danielsh on #asfinfra.
>>> I'm confused. You've removed one manually curated file only to add a
>>> new one that just modifies the build of the first? Seems like a lot of
>>> gymnastics.
>> .mailmap solves more than just this.
>>> In a perfect world I would be all in with you on this but
>>> unfortunately a large number of people don't spend time checking their
>>> user settings before pushing commits around. Instead of just adding
>>> people to a file the first time they make a commit this means I have
>>> to go and check that the THANKS file is generated properly and then
>>> maybe update .mailmap if not and recheck that I got it correct.
>> Fair enough, wanna revert?
>> Cheers
>> Jan
>> --
> Playing with it a bit to see if I can make it build correctly and also
> just build the AUTHORS file. I'll leave it around for a bit but won't
> promise that the first time I spend more than 30s screwing with
> mailmap that I revert it.

Heh, that took me a while to get right :)


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