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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Committers and Alias.txt
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:04:44 GMT

Here is the boilerplate that I had been using previously:

  2. If you want to use and be recognized by additional e-mail addresses,
  please add them as aliases for your <id> user-name/e-mail
  address using the procedure for updating MailAlias.txt described here:
  You will need to make SVN access to the top level of the committers SVN

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Weir [] 
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 12:51
Subject: Re: Committers and Alias.txt

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton <> wrote:
> There is a committer-community maintained file called Alias.txt.
> This is a private file that requires logon by a committer's SVN credentials to accessed.
 The file was recently moved to <>.
> This file is where a committer can list all e-mail addresses that they want to be recognized
as aliases for their <committerID> e-mail address.
> For example, here is one of the entries for my Apache ID:
> This list is very important for the reliable identification of committers on the Apache
OpenOffice project.  Essentially, the initial association of a committer and their identity
is with the e-mail address supplied on the iCLA submission.  The best authentication for an
established committer is via their use of the Apache User Name/ID.  However, not everyone
is able to send mail using their address in the From: entry.
> Any committer communications using any other e-mail addresses will not be authenticated
as being from them unless the alternative e-mail address is provided in an Alias.txt entry.
 (Even then, it involves manual checking of Alias.txt.)
> When committers are established, I refer new committers to the documentation about Alias.txt
and how to add entries for their own aliases.
> I no longer know what that procedure is or where instructions can be found.
> Can anyone advise me?

I point new committers to these instructions:

This then refers to:

Oddly, none of them refer to the mailAlias.txt file.  How did we learn
of it originally when we joined?


> Has any recently-established committer received information about this in their notification
from root@ a.o?
> Is there some list all committers should be subscribed to so that awareness of such procedures
is maintained?
>  - Dennis

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