An increasing amount of effort is being put in keeping company code "boilerplate" header up-to-date according to classifications and templates from an external application, leading to "source code changes" and retesting because of updating tens-of-thousands of files' copyright. And now and then the license template changes.
It is costly and demotivating because company life cycle management tools also carrying the information, making it redundant. But are there any widely accepted alternatives?
If the source code is in a repo (e.g. git/mercurial), could the repo itself carry the boilerplate? Can boilerplate be appended to code at checkout:
cat copyright.txt license.txt source.code?
Are there filesystems that allow files to carry this information? Source code and/or binaries?