Re: "Author" section of manpages
On Tue, Dec 04, 2001 at 05:18:26PM -0600, Colin Watson wrote:
> When I write a man page for a piece of software I wasn't involved in
> writing, I do put my name in the AUTHOR section, but in the form "This
> manual page was written by Colin Watson <firstname.lastname@example.org> for the
> Debian system", or thereabouts. I usually (i.e. when I remember) also
> put the name of the author of the software there before my own.
my practice is to put something like the following into the man page
(example taken from my package of jdresolve):
jdresolve was written by John Douglas Rowell <me@jdrow
ell.com>, and is licensed under the terms of the GNU Gen
eral Public License.
This man page was written by Craig Sanders
<email@example.com>, for the Debian GNU/Linux package of
jdresolve, and is also licensed under the terms of the GNU
i like to put in a credit for debian there :)
and then i submit the man page to the upstream author for inclusion in a
future version. i've never yet found an upstream author who isn't very
grateful to receive man pages for their work...it's something important
that often doesn't get done because documenting something is tedious
compared to developing it.
craig sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fabricati Diem, PVNC.
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