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From: Cornelius Schumacher <>
To: git <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>, Christian Couder <>, Josh Triplett <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Proof of concept: Support multiple authors
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:54:53 +0100
Message-ID: <3204990.cGxpkETTLk@linux-7ekr> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Monday 30 January 2017 12:48:52 Junio C Hamano wrote:

Thanks for putting the links together. That's very useful as a reference.

> The older discussions already cited the cost to update both in-tree
> and out-of-tree tools not to barf when they see such a commit object
> and one of the reason why we would not want to do this, and Ted Ts'o
> gave us another excellent reason why not to do multiple author
> header lines in a commit object header, i.e. "How often is that all
> of the authors are completely equal?"

Just to give a bit of context: In the pair programming environment where I 
work we usually use non-personalized workstations and switch the keyboard 
between the two people working together quite frequently, sometimes every few 
minutes, or even within writing a commit message. There the person pressing 
the return button on the commit really does not have a special role. In this 
style of working I think it feels like the fairest and most practical 
assumption to treat all authors as equal.

> My advice to those who want to record credit to multiple authors is
> to treat the commit author line as recording the primary contact
> when there is a question on the commit and nothing else.  Anything
> with richer semantics is better done in the trailer by enriching the
> support of trailer lines with interpret-trailers framework.

Thanks for the advice. I think I will explore this direction a little bit 
further and see how handling a situation of multiple authors could be better 
done in this framework.

Cornelius Schumacher <>

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Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-01-29 18:06 Cornelius Schumacher
2017-01-30 17:56 ` Christian Couder
2017-01-30 19:33   ` Cornelius Schumacher
2017-01-30 20:48   ` Junio C Hamano
2017-01-31  0:54     ` Cornelius Schumacher [this message]

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