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authorPaul Jackson <pj@sgi.com>2005-10-03 00:29:10 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@g5.osdl.org>2005-10-03 08:06:42 -0700
commitd6b9acc0c6c4a7c5d484d15271a5274656d0864f (patch)
tree845765e077d9d436f1f2e7d57b9fe0e32a9e679a /Documentation/SubmittingPatches
parentc77054e518d9163578cfcad09826d7b959f95ece (diff)
[PATCH] Document patch subject line better
Improve explanation of the Subject line fields in Documentation/SubmittingPatches Canonical Patch Format. Signed-off-by: Paul Jackson <pj@sgi.com> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
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@@ -305,7 +305,7 @@ point out some special detail about the sign-off.
The canonical patch subject line is:
- Subject: [PATCH 001/123] [<area>:] <explanation>
+ Subject: [PATCH 001/123] subsystem: summary phrase
The canonical patch message body contains the following:
@@ -330,9 +330,25 @@ alphabetically by subject line - pretty much any email reader will
support that - since because the sequence number is zero-padded,
the numerical and alphabetic sort is the same.
-See further details on how to phrase the "<explanation>" in the
-"Subject:" line in Andrew Morton's "The perfect patch", referenced
+The "subsystem" in the email's Subject should identify which
+area or subsystem of the kernel is being patched.
+The "summary phrase" in the email's Subject should concisely
+describe the patch which that email contains. The "summary
+phrase" should not be a filename. Do not use the same "summary
+phrase" for every patch in a whole patch series.
+Bear in mind that the "summary phrase" of your email becomes
+a globally-unique identifier for that patch. It propagates
+all the way into the git changelog. The "summary phrase" may
+later be used in developer discussions which refer to the patch.
+People will want to google for the "summary phrase" to read
+discussion regarding that patch.
+A couple of example Subjects:
+ Subject: [patch 2/5] ext2: improve scalability of bitmap searching
+ Subject: [PATCHv2 001/207] x86: fix eflags tracking
The "from" line must be the very first line in the message body,
and has the form: