On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 09:30:39AM +0100, Steffan Karger wrote:
> On 22-02-17 08:39, Gert Doering wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 02:21:35AM +0100, David Sommerseth wrote:
> >>>> >From d97f526a2ddbf2abe60a64260601ebd742fc00cc Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> >>>> From: "Simon (simix)" <via-trac>
> >>>
> >>> Do we have a policy how to handle patches with missing author info?
> >>
> >> I see no reason at all why we should not give proper credit with full
> >> name.  
> > 
> > That was only half the question - of course I *want* to give full credits,
> > but is "not having this information available & no SoB line" a reason
> > for rejecting a patch?
> > 
> > The patch in question is quite obvious, so this is not something to bring
> > in the lawyers - more a matter of general policy.
> Same here.
> For this specific patch:  I asked the reporter on trac for full name and
> email last night.  We can wait for a bit to see if he replies.
> In general: what do we do when we don't get a full name and email, but
> do want to apply the patch?  Wait forever?  Claim authorship (but refer
> to the trac ticket in the commit msg)?  Apply anyway?  ...?

IMHO somebody has to take ownership of every piece of code release under a given
license (just to avoid any future problem). So the patch should not be applied
as is.

Then ...
in theory, you can't take ownership of somebody else' work, but nothing prevents
you from re-writing a "very similar" patch and sign it yourself. In particular
if the author did not show any interest in pursuing this any further.

my 2 cents.


Antonio Quartulli

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