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Re: AW: Re: Copyright notices - update everything to 2006?

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2006-01-19 16:46:10 CET

Peter N. Lundblad wrote:
> I guess the best thing is to do a sweep right before a major release,
> comparing last committed date with the copyright year and updating if
> necessary. Would that be a sufficient solution?

If... no, When someone writes a little script that checks the copyright year in
this way, we should have "make check" run this check on every file that is
locally modified or added. That way we'll not have to remember to run the
check, and the update to each individual file will be made at exactly the right
time, i.e. exactly when someone modifies it for the first time in a given year.

By the way, I don't think there is any point in sweeping our files to update
those that were changed in 2005 to say "2005"; we wouldn't gain anything
significant (it was last done in 2004) and the "last changed date" according to
Subversion would then confusingly be "2006".

Note that we have a tool that is relevant, but not exactly what I want:

Here is my contribution: a shell script to list any locally-modified files
whose copyright notices need updating if they are to be checked in.

# Find changed files whose copyright notices need updating.

THIS_YEAR=`date +%Y`

# List the locally modified/added files.
svn status -q | grep "^[AMR]" | cut -c 8- |

while read F; do
   # Find the last 4-digit number in the first "...Copyright...NNNN..." line.
   # This will be empty if there is no such line.
   C_YEAR=`sed -n 's/.*Copyright.*\([0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]\).*/\1/;T;p;q' < "$F"`

   # If there is a copyright notice and the year is wrong, report it.
   if test "$C_YEAR" && test "$C_YEAR" != "$THIS_YEAR"; then
     echo "$C_YEAR $F"

- Julian

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