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March 1, 2022 05:12
Re: Why do we still have AUTHORS?
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Hi David could you please respond to private email concerning the details
we have for you in .mailmap and AUTHORS, thanks. Your config is
inconsistent,  Can I assume that the details listed in AUTHORS are the
definitive set?


On Fri, 25 Feb 2022, 12:25 David Nicol, <> wrote:

> P5p is contractually obligated to retain listings in the authors file or
> equivalent as part of the source code distribution.
> Do away with the authors file and my lawyers will submit a patch backing
> out my contributions and get a court to order you to apply it.
> That's why.
> On Wed, Feb 23, 2022, 17:11 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

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