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Re: Offer of help with move to git

On Sun, 23 Aug 2015, Andreas Schwab wrote:

> Florian Weimer <> writes:
> > Okay, it's not a big deal for me if my older contributions are
> > attributed to Red Hat.  I was just wondering.
> Since subversion doesn't store author names, only committer names, the
> real attributions are in the ChangeLog anyway.

That's true, but there are also enough cases of people e.g. having typos 
in their email addresses in the ChangeLog entries that I'd be wary of 
using them to determine per-commit attributions (as opposed to providing a 
first indication of corresponding author name / email for a username) 
without careful checking.

In most cases (for post-1997 commits, not for history from the gcc2 
repository but that probably had far fewer committers) author names (if 
not emails) can probably be found in /etc/passwd (we rarely delete user 
accounts on sourceware).  And of course starting with the map used for 
binutils-gdb should reduce the number of usernames we need to find 
conversions for.

Joseph S. Myers

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