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Re: names appearing twice in the COMMITTERS file

From: David James <james82_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-12-09 14:45:06 CET

On 12/9/05, Max Bowsher <maxb1@ukf.net> wrote:
> kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> > Daniel Rall <dlr@collab.net> writes:
> >
> >>Karl, this commit [r17646] adds Mark's name twice. I have the feeling that
> >>you've some scripts which parse this file, and if so, we might want to
> >>tweak COMMITTERS or your script(s).
> >
> >
> > Oy, good question. Dan, I hope you don't mind that I'm forwarding
> > this to the public dev@ list. It's a minor issue, but no reason it
> > can't be public.
> >
> > Yes, we have a script (Fitz wrote it, actually) that parses the
> > COMMITTERS file to create a mailing list. So far, everyone has been
> > listed exactly once. But now, markphip is listed twice, for a good
> > reason: he has commit access to two unrelated areas. I'm fine with
> > that, but it creates two small problems:
> >
> > 1) His information is duplicated, so if he changes his email
> > address, he has to change it in both places. No big deal, just
> > thought I'd point it out.
> >
> > 2) Fitz's script may not notice that the two addresses are the
> > same. This is easy to fix, of course.
> >
> > If people are okay with some names appearing multiple times, I think
> > we can live with (1), and Fitz or I can easily fix (2). Any
> > objections to that?
>
> As far as the script is concerned, it only processes _full_ committers -
> so no problem there.
>
> As far as the inelegance of data-duplication is concerned: I favour
> creating a "Multiple categories:" section and moving markphip there.
> However, I don't feel particularly strongly about this whilst it is just
> a single case. If we end up with more partial committers of this kind,
> I'd like to create that section.

Earlier this year, I had access to multiple unrelated areas (Python
bindings, build system), and I was listed in the bindings section.
Technically speaking, I could have listed myself under both "bindings"
and "miscellaneous" but I thought it made more sense to just use the
bindings section and mention both areas of commit access there.

Similarly, KOBAYASHI Noritada has commit access to multiple unrelated
areas (Ruby tools, Japanese translations), and we list him only once.
Instead, we mention both areas of expertise in his first listing.

Cheers,

David

--
David James -- http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~james
Received on Fri Dec 9 14:55:24 2005

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