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Re: update-copyright request and patch...

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: update-copyright request and patch...
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 09:31:22 +0100

Joel Brobecker wrote:

> Hi Jim,
>> Currently parted work and an imminent coreutils release are taking all of
>> my time.  Maybe Joel Denny can help?  At worst, I'll follow up next week.
> This really has no urgency at all. I've done the update for GDB and
> we are good for another year.
> Also, I am trying to get the OK from the FSF to merge all copyright
> year into one single range (even if some years are missing in the
> middle). That would ensure that all the "copyright ... FSF" line
> would fit entirely on one line. Not sure if this is going to be OK
> or not, but I'll ask.

Hi Joel,

Good news: the GCS has been updated to explain that using copyright
year ranges is now ok.  The only conditions are that you perform


the strict conversion (i.e., "2002,2004" cannot be converted to
"2002-2004") and that you add a note, say to README like this:

    For any copyright year range specified as YYYY-ZZZZ in this package
    note that the range specifies every single year in that closed interval.

> In the meantime, the GDB project adopted year ranges in the copyright
> notice as you recommended, and so the number of files where the length
> of the copyright line will change should be quite reduced.
> So, the GDB project itself should be relatively covered, and this
> patch is mostly for the benefit of other projects. I'd like to see
> it through, if that does not unnecessarily complexifies the script.

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