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    SubjectRe: [RFD] Explicitly documenting patch submission
    On Sat, 22 May 2004, Linus Torvalds wrote:

    > The plan is to make this very light-weight, and to fit in with how we
    > already pass patches around - just add the sign-off to the end of the
    > explanation part of the patch. That sign-off would be just a single line
    > at the end (possibly after _other_ peoples sign-offs), saying:
    > Signed-off-by: Random J Developer <>
    > To keep the rules as simple as possible, and yet making it clear what it
    > means to sign off on the patch, I've been discussing a "Developer's
    > Certificate of Origin" with a random collection of other kernel
    > developers (mainly subsystem maintainers). This would basically be what
    > a developer (or a maintainer that passes through a patch) signs up for
    > when he signs off, so that the downstream (upstream?) developers know
    > that it's all ok:
    > Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.0
    > By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:
    > (a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    > have the right to submit it under the open source license
    > indicated in the file; or
    > (b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    > of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    > license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    > work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    > by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    > permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    > in the file; or
    > (c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    > person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified
    > it.

    Andrew already puts the "From:" thing in the patch comment, so this should
    be simply a matter of replacing "From:" with "Signed-off-by:", preserving
    it in logs, and documenting the thing in the patch submission doc. No?

    - Davide

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