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From: Paul Jackson <>
To: (Jonathan Corbet)
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Documenting patch tags yet one more time
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 18:23:17 -0600	[thread overview]
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Jon wrote:
> So here's a version which merges the information into
> SubmittingPatches instead.

Reviewed-by: Paul Jackson <>


That's my first time using that tag ... fun.  Now I'm wondering if there
might be some improvements that you, me, or someone could make to the
SubmittingPatches file that would explain more clearly that PATCH's
should start off, right from the top or after the initial From: line if
present, with:

  - The body of the explanation, which will be copied to the
    permanent changelog to describe this patch.

rather than opening with ephemeral reactions to the discussion of the
moment which will make little "sense to a competent reader who has long
since forgotten the immediate details of the discussion that might have
led to this patch."

As best my legalistic mind understands the patch format, such ephemeral
reactions should go after the "---" marker line, in the same section as
the diffstat would be placed.

Or perhaps the patch format should be changed in this regard, since it
is cumbersome and unnatural to embed the ephemeral opening comments
half way down the patch, rather than opening with them.  I don't know.

                  I won't rest till it's the best ...
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                  Paul Jackson <> 1.940.382.4214

  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-09  0:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-08 16:51 [PATCH] Documentation/patch-tags, " Jonathan Corbet
2008-02-08 17:07 ` Pekka Enberg
2008-02-08 18:00 ` Linus Torvalds
2008-02-08 19:01   ` Paul Jackson
2008-02-08 20:42     ` [PATCH] Documenting patch tags yet " Jonathan Corbet
2008-02-09  0:23       ` Paul Jackson [this message]
2008-02-09  8:37         ` Stefan Richter
2008-02-08 20:50   ` [PATCH] Documentation/patch-tags, " Junio C Hamano
2008-02-18  2:58   ` Neil Brown
2008-02-18  3:15     ` Paul Jackson
2008-02-18  3:58       ` Neil Brown

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