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From Martin Sebor <>
Subject Re: [jira] Created: (STDCXX-948) Define substitution variable for current year and automatically replace in all copyright notices.
Date Mon, 02 Jun 2008 18:07:52 GMT
Travis Vitek wrote:
>> Eric Lemings wrote:
>>                 Key: STDCXX-948
>>                 URL:
>>             Project: C++ Standard Library
>>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>>          Components: Configuration
>>            Reporter: Eric Lemings
>>            Priority: Minor
>> Define a substitution variable during configuration (i.e. add 
>> {{AC_SUBST(STDCXX_YEAR, `date +%Y`)}} to {{}}) and 
>> replace this variable in all copyright notices (i.e. change 
>> {{Copyright 1994-2008 Rogue Wave Software, Inc.}} to 
>> {{Copyright 1994-@STDCXX_YEAR@ Rogue Wave Software, Inc.}})
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> I believe that the copyright dates need to be correct for the files by
> the time they are received by the user. If this is correct, then the
> substitution would have to happen when the files are submitted to
> subversion, not after the user has run the configure step.
> One solution is to write a commit hook that verifies the copyright date
> is accurate for files as they are committed. This has the disadvantage
> that the copyrights aren't updated for files that aren't touched.
> Another solution would be to have a script that runs periodically [say
> every 24 hours] that checks out the head of a given branch, scans for
> and updates the copyright, and then commits the result.

The copyrights only apply to Rogue Wave code, not to code
submitted by other contributors (those go in NOTICE.txt),
so automating the updates would have to involve scanning
each file's log to determine the origin of all changes in
the current year to see if at least one of them originated
at Rogue Wave. To be completely correct and accurate, the
copyright years should also be a list and not a range as
they are now, to make gaps possible.


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