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Re: [PATCH] hacking: document format for git commit messages

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] hacking: document format for git commit messages
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:34:55 +0100

Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> On 02/26/2012 10:02 AM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
>>   - many other projects (linux, git itself) seems to use them, and I
>>     believe there's a reason for this (even if I've failed to find it
>>     so far);
> Here it is -- point 12 at:
>   To improve tracking of who did what, especially with patches that can
>   percolate to their final resting place in the kernel through several
>   layers of maintainers, we've introduced a "sign-off" procedure on
>   patches that are being emailed around.
>   The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the
>   patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right
>   to pass it on as an open-source patch.
> Not sure how useful is this with the much stricter copyright policy of
> the FSF ...

Exactly.  For us there is no utility in a s-o-b line that matches
the Author: line.

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