ccan code breaks older build farm systems

Michael Adam obnox at
Thu Jul 7 06:02:10 MDT 2011

simo wrote:
> > 
> > Please, does anyone have a better reason to put a 25 line header on each
> > file which contains so little useful information?  Better than "that's
> > what we've always done?".
> Do you have a good reason not to ? :-)

A couple of reasons:

* Well, in Samba, the header contains the info who the copyright
  holders of the specific file are. I think this is useful.
* It is also a courtesy for those looking at the code file:
  They don't have to look into a different file to see the
* Stating license and copyright in each file is just way more
  explicit than referring to a different file.
  It may even be more of a barrier for simply grabbing and using
  the code under a possibly incompatible license. It would
  require removing those comment lines which is a much more
  concious step than just not noticing the external license

And if disk space is not your main concern, Rusty, as I already wrote
in a different mail, I use folds in my editor for the comment blocks
to stay out of my sight while coding.

Cheers - Michael

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