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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-19 21:14:55

"Jeff Garland" <jeff_at_[hidden]> writes:

> On Mon, 19 Jul 2004 20:30:54 -0400, David Abrahams wrote
>> "Jeff Garland" <jeff_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> > When the license/copyright is at the top it just interferes with the
>> > documentation. Remember I'm not talking about source files in the
>> > library -- I'm talking about stuff in the example subtree that winds
>> > up in the documentation.
>> Is there some reason the documentation needs to show the
>> license/copyright portion of the example files??
> The files from the examples directory get automatically processed into the
> documentation -- so unless we add another step to automatically strip the
> license / copyright it shows up in the docs. Sure, it can be added, but it's
> more time spent off-task...

It shouldn't show up in the docs at the top *or* the bottom, so IMO
it's on-task if we care about good documentation.

>> > And if the lawyers can't figure out how to use grep then too bad --
>> > maybe they could hire one of us poor programmers to write a program
>> > to help them sort it out...
>> Actually, that's what they're doing at several large companies.
> Sure -- I've worked with plenty of them and promoted Boost everywhere. Of
> course, licensing has to be approved. Some companies have an efficient
> evaluation process and some don't. If they have an inefficient process then
> they spend lots of money figuring out that it is ok to use Boost -- some can't
> ever decide that it's ok. From what I've seen this is mostly a problem with
> the companies themselves and not a problem with the structure of Boost...
>> Evaluating all of Boost is still an enormous task.
>> I think we should make it as painless as possible.
> Don't disagree, but there needs to be limits on the amount of time we spend on
> it. To me, if some big company really insists on getting every single file in
> boost 100% consistent then they should pay someone to get it consistent --
> perhaps you ;-)

I don't see how putting those 4-5 lines at the bottom of example
files is going to save us any time. In my case it's going to cost me
time because my editor automatically generates them at the top and
puts my cursor below them ;-)

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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