[libvirt] [PATCH] Remove all Author(s): lines from source file headers

Erik Skultety eskultet at redhat.com
Thu Dec 13 12:27:44 UTC 2018

On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:55:50AM +0000, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
> In many files there are header comments that contain an Author:
> statement, supposedly reflecting who originally wrote the code.
> In a large collaborative project like libvirt, any non-trivial
> file will have been modified by a large number of different
> contributors. IOW, the Author: comments are quickly out of date,
> omitting people who have made significant contribitions.
> In some places Author: lines have been added despite the person
> merely being responsible for creating the file by moving existing
> code out of another file. IOW, the Author: lines give an incorrect
> record of authorship.
> With this all in mind, the comments are useless as a means to identify
> who to talk to about code in a particular file. Contributors will always
> be better off using 'git log' and 'git blame' if they need to  find the
> author of a particular bit of code.
> This commit thus deletes all Author: comments from the source and adds
> a rule to prevent them reappearing.
> The Copyright headers are similarly misleading and inaccurate, however,
> we cannot delete these as they have legal meaning, despite being largely
> inaccurate. In addition only the copyright holder is permitted to change
> their respective copyright statement.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrangé <berrange at redhat.com>

This fails on apibuild.py with:
Header libvirt-common lacks a Author description (...aand a bunch of other
headers too)

You might want to adjust the script not to require the field when serializing
the API XML.

Reviewed-by: Erik Skultety <eskultet at redhat.com>

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