Open Source CLI task tool

Copyright

Add a copyright to your source files

by Read Write Tools
Abstract
The Copyright command line utility simplifies and standardizes the process of adding a copyright notice to source code files.

Motivation

When source code files are prepared for distribution it is common for comments to be stripped and text to be minified. As a result, any legal notices regarding ownership and licensing is removed. This tool can be used to add that information back into the distributable file.

Prerequisites and installation

The Copyright utility uses Node.js. Package installation is done via NPM. These are the only two prerequisites.

To install the utility and make it available to your Bash shell, use this command.

[user@host]# npm install -g copyright-notice

Usage

The software is invoked from the command line with:

[user@host]# copyright [copyright file] [destination file] 

The destination file is prepended with the contents of the copyright file. The contents should be in comment form, using whatever syntax is appropriate to the source code language of the destination. So /* ... */ for CSS, or // ... for JavaScript, or <!-- ... --> for HTML, etc. Linefeeds in the copyright file are retained as is.

For the most efficient use of resources, this utility should be invoked by a build tool that is sensitive to file modification timestamps, so that it is triggered for each file in a nested hierarchy only when a source file is changed. (The Read Write Tools prorenata builder has this capability.)

License

The copyright command line utility is licensed under the MIT License.

MIT License

Copyright © 2020 Read Write Tools.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Availability

Source code github
Package installation NPM
Documentation Read Write Hub

Copyright — Add a copyright to your source files

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