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Re: How to update the copyright notice?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: How to update the copyright notice?
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:18:33 -0800
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Glenn Morris wrote:

> can it [update-copyright] stop refilling copyright notices?

That's a property of Gnulib's build-aux/update-copyright script.
I suspect that part of the code dates back to when we had long
lists of individual years, like this:

  # Copyright (C) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Free Software 
Foundation, Inc.

such that it made sense to refill when adding yet another year.
Now, when we typically just substitute 2013 for 2012 there's less
motivation for refilling.

I'll CC: this to bug-gnulib, where the maintainer of
build-aux/update-copyright hangs out, to see if he has some
comments.  I expect we can add another option or environ
variable or something.

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