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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH, RFC] Add file describing rules for submitting p

From: Anthony Liguori
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH, RFC] Add file describing rules for submitting patches
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:53:39 -0500
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Blue Swirl wrote:
On 4/20/09, Anthony Liguori <address@hidden> wrote:
Blue Swirl wrote:


I gathered a few common complaints about patch submission, hopefully
not too much affected by my consumption of small amounts of various
alcoholic substances.

Comments, objections?
 +SP2.5: Exception: For extremely short and trivial patches (one-line
+fixes etc.), the description and "Signed-off-by:" lines may be
+omitted, in which case the subject must be appended with the
+submitter's name in parenthesis

 Signed-off-by can never be omitted--even for one line fixes.

I disagree. Changes that are small enough do not create any
copyrightable material, thus they may come from any source.

It's not just an issue of copyright. It's also a statement that you are allowed to be submitting patches to a given project. Before DCO, some projects used to require forms from employers stating that contributions were allowed because some employers have non-compete contracts that would prevent an employee from working on a project.


Anthony Liguori

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