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

Niels de Vos ndevos at redhat.com
Thu Dec 17 15:05:20 UTC 2015

On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 10:05:04PM +0530, 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.

Well, I would like to see an AUTHORS list automatically generated by
'make dist' or the such.

> 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.

I think it would be nice to be able to see some information through a
client mount point. Not everyone that uses Gluster has access to the
storage servers, and it can benefit them to see some info.

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

Indeed, .meta would be better :)


> My 2 cents.
> Ravi
> >Niels
> >
> >
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