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Re: Offer of help with move to git

Segher Boessenkool <>:
> On Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 12:26:25PM -0400, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> > One way to do it would be to mine the list archives for not just names
> > but name-date pairs. With a little scripting work that could be processed
> > into a sequence of map files, each one valid for a known span of dates.  The
> > only assumption required is that an email address is valid for a person
> > until explicitly superseded by a different address in the archive.
> We also have a MAINTAINERS file (in the toplevel dir of the repo) that
> should hold useful email addresses for everyone, at any point in time.
> Of course sometimes people forget to update it.  It also does not hold
> the actual account names, but you can almost always get those from the
> checkin to the MAINTAINERS file itself (or correlate with ChangeLogs,
> etc.)  Won't that work better than the ML archives?

Ah, yes, it probably will, for all but contributors who have been gone
since before that practice was established.  I hadn't actually looked
at the distribution yet.

Because people tend to re-use their favored Unix usernames, I usually
find that they can be matched up by eyeballing the MAINTAINERS file
without much difficulty.
		<a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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