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

Venky Shankar vshankar at redhat.com
Wed Dec 16 16:43:01 UTC 2015

Ravishankar N wrote:
> 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.

or a tshirt with contributors list on the back :)

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

Ummm.. makes sense.

> My 2 cents.
> Ravi
>> Niels
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