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Ovid via perl5-porters
February 23, 2022 23:43
Re: Why do we still have AUTHORS?
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Can AUTHORS be autogenerated, adding entries and not removing any? If we leave git, we just update the auto generation or remove it but keep the AUTHORS file?

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On Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:34 AM, James E Keenan <> wrote:

On 2/23/22 18:11, Leon Timmermans wrote:
> We've been maintaining an AUTHORS file for more than twenty years, but 
> in these days of git I'm kind of wondering why we still do this.
> We actually have tests that check if any new addition matches git, why 
> don't we just rely on git instead? And remain a HISTORIC-AUTHORS file 
> honoring the contributors who predate our transition to git.
> Right now it's a recurring source of test failures for new contributors, 
> without providing any clear benefit IME. Why would we keep doing this?
> Leon

I strongly favor *not* tying ourselves to the flavor-of-the-decade 
technology and keeping fundamental files like AUTHORS, MANIFEST and 
README in plain-text format.  We've been through at least 3 different 
version control systems, so we shouldn't assume that we'll be on Git 

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