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task #14330: Program authors (in --version output) set automatically

Submitted by:  Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
Submitted on:  Wed 25 Jan 2017 04:30:01 PM UTC  
Should Start On:  Wed 25 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PM UTC Should be Finished on:  Wed 25 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PM UTC
Category:  All Gnuastro Priority:  5 - Normal
Item Group:  Enhancement Status:  Postponed
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Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
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Wed 25 Jan 2017 04:30:01 PM UTC, original submission:

As part of the major re-write of the input-outputs of the programs, the old `cite.h' header is now called `authors-cite.h'.

I would like to suggest generating the list of authors in a program automatically from the Git history. Manually adding the names of people who have contributed to the program is not easily possible. We can use a script like the the one used to generate the authors list that goes into the second page PDF manual. It just has to be limited to the files in the `bin/progname/' and `bin/library' directories. The `authors-cite.h' can be changed to `authors-cite.h.in' and during `make' it can be used to make `authors-cite.h' for the program to read, similar to what we do with `lib/config.h.in'.

Since the programs are moving more and more of their work-load to the librarires, I think it is fair to include anyone who has also commited code to the libraries to also be included as an author in all the programs source files. We can either mix them or keep them separate, for example: "(ProgramName): XXXX XXX, YYYY YYYY. (Libraries): ZZZZ ZZZZ, AAA AAAA".

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
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