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From Hen <>
Subject Re: CODEOWNERS file being removed
Date Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:37:23 GMT
Was there more discussion than Justin's question about it on general@?

My memory of CODEOWNERS was that it was related to some code review tool,
but looking at the history of dev@ I only see:

"Can't have changes merged into it until changes to files that have a
designated code owner <>
have been approved by that owner"

Reading GitHub:

"Code owners are automatically requested for review when someone opens a
pull request that modifies code that they own. When someone with admin or
owner permissions has enabled required reviews
they also can optionally require approval from a code owner before the
author can merge a pull request in the repository."

I think that having a notion where anyone can put their name down as an
automatic reviewer is a good one. Apart from the unfortunate name of the
file, this should fit with Apache's culture (as long as more than one
committer can, and as long as we never say a committer can't decide to put
themselves as a codeowner). A comment in the file explaining this would be

We should however, never enable the code-owner option of required reviews.
As that's an Admin/Owner feature, and I don't think Apache Infra would do
that, I think we're good there.

So my suggestion would be to add a comment that this is an
automatically-listed-on-reviews tool.


On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Chris Olivier <>

> Per suggestion from Apache, we are removing CODEOWNERS file from root of
> mxnet.
> If there are any objections, please voice them:
> Here are the contents of rht file:
> # Owners of Apache MXNet
> # Global owners
> *        @apache/mxnet-committers
> # Owners of language bindings
> R-package/*       @thirdwing
> scala-package/*       @javelinjs
> perl-package/*    @sergeykolychev
> # CMake owners
> CMakeLists.txt    @cjolivier01
> cmake/*          @cjolivier01

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