[Gluster-devel] Recognizing contributors and displaying other useful bits?

Ravishankar N ravishankar at redhat.com
Wed Dec 16 16:35:04 UTC 2015

On 12/16/2015 07:36 PM, Niels de Vos wrote:
> Hi,
> Many GUI tools provide an "About" box that displays some information
> about the project. Some applications (Wireshark for example) go an extra
> step by including a list of all people that contributed patches. That is
> quite a nice way for contributors to see the appreciation of their work.
> I think it would be really awesome if we could do something similar. We
> have our reserved+hidden ".glusterfs" directory where all access is
> denied. We could populate this directory with static compiled-in
> contents. When accessed from a client, the licenses, versions, authors
> and other bits could be displayed. A normal readdir should still not
> list the directory at all (no change from current behaviour).
> Any thoughts?

I think It would be better to revive the who-wrote-glusterfs reports 
that Vijay used to send on the mailing list instead of statically adding 
contributor names to code.
We could have a `gluster --credits` or `gluster--help`  cli that points 
to gluster.org and maybe add a button thingy on the website which when 
clicked runs the who-wrote-glusterfs.sh  on <whatever-branch>  and 
displays the result. Things like version numbers and licenses are/should 
be covered in gluster--version.

But yes, if  we do want to expose this information via the mount point, 
then maybe /mount/.meta is a good place.

My 2 cents.

> Niels
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