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    SubjectRe: Kernel SCM saga..


    On Thu, 7 Apr 2005, Daniel Phillips wrote:
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    > In that case, a nice refinement is to put the sequence number at the end of
    > the subject line so patch sequences don't interleave:

    No. That makes it unsortable, and also much harder to pick put which part
    of the subject line is the explanation, and which part is just metadata
    for me.

    So my prefernce is _overwhelmingly_ for the format that Andrew uses (which
    is partly explained by the fact that I am used to it, but also by the fact
    that I've asked for Andrew to make trivial changes to match my usage).

    That canonical format is:

    Subject: [PATCH 001/123] [<area>:] <explanation>

    together with the first line of the body being a

    From: Original Author <origa@email.com>

    followed by an empty line and then the body of the explanation.

    After the body of the explanation comes the "Signed-off-by:" lines, and
    then a simple "---" line, and below that comes the diffstat of the patch
    and then the patch itself.

    That's the "canonical email format", and it's that because my normal
    scripts (in BK/tools, but now I'm working on making them more generic)
    take input that way. It's very easy to sort the emails 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.

    If you send several sequences, you either send a simple explaining email
    before the second sequence (hey, it's not like I'm a machine - I can use
    my brains too, and in particular if the final number of patches in each
    sequence is different, even if the sequences got re-ordered and are
    overlapping, I can still just extract one from the other by selecting for
    "/123] " in the subject line), or you modify the Subject: line subtly to
    still sort uniquely and alphabetically in-order, ie the subject lines for
    the second series might be

    Subject: [PATCHv2 001/207] x86: fix eflags tracking
    ...

    All very unambiguous, and my scripts already remove everything inside the
    brackets and will just replace it with "[PATCH]" in the final version.

    Linus
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