7197491: update copyright year to match last edit in jdk8 jdk repository

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at oracle.com
Fri Nov 2 12:46:02 UTC 2012

Now for some noise.

The copyright date in the source files needs updating. The man behind 
the curtain is Steve Sides from the Quality and Release Engineering team 
in Oracle. Jon pushed, on Steve's behalf, the update to the langtools 
files recently [1], and Mikael updated hotspot [2]. The elephant is the 
jdk repository as there are 3000+ files that need their headers updated.

To keep the disruption to a minimum I propose that we do the jdk 
repository in two steps: non-client area now to jdk8/tl, and then the 
client-area later in jdk8/awt once the changes get there. I use the term 
"client-area" loosely to mean the source files for awt, swing, font, 
java2d, etc. (and I appreciate that there is also a jdk8/2d forest in 
use). To that end here is the proposed patch for today:


This patch updates the headers on 2370 files. I don't propose to publish 
a webrev as it's just too big.

This patch was created with:

cd jdk
sh ../make/scripts/update_copyright_year.sh 2011
sh ../make/scripts/update_copyright_year.sh 2012
hg revert --no-backup `cat clientdirs.list`
hg diff -g > copyright.patch

where clientdirs.list is most of the directories corresponding to the 
client area.

Note that I ran the update_copyright_year.sh script twice, once for 2011 
and then a second time for 2012. The reason for this is that there are 
several hundred files in the jdk repository that were last updated in 
2011 but have an older date on the header.

Reviewer welcome but I should say that I don't have cycles to spend on 
this. Also the patch has an a very short shelf life.

Finally, I think that there needs to be wider discussion as to how to 
keep the headers from falling behind too much. Some people do update the 
headers when editing files, some people (including myself) do not. It 
seems to me that it should be done regularly anyway, perhaps every few 
months or at integration time every so often.


[1] http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk8/tl/langtools/rev/9d47f4850714
[2] http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk8/jdk8/hotspot/rev/b9a9ed0f8eeb

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