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    SubjectRe: ALSA official git repository


    On Fri, 27 May 2005, Andrew Morton wrote:
    >
    > Yes, I'll occasionally do patches which were written by "A" as:
    >
    > From: A
    > ...
    > Signed-off-by: B
    >
    > And that comes through email as:
    >
    >
    > ...
    > From: <akpm@osdl.org>
    > ...
    > From: A
    > ...
    > Signed-off-by: B
    >
    >
    > which means that the algorithm for identifying the author is "the final
    > From:".

    No, the algorithm is:
    - the email author, _or_ if there is one, the top "From:" in the body.

    And the rule is that you never remove (or add to) an existing From:, since
    the author doesn't change from being passed around.

    Put another way: authorship is very different from sign-off. The sign-off
    gets stacked, the authorship is constant, and thus the rules are
    different.

    Also, authorship is more important than sign-off-ship, so authorship goes
    at the top, while sign-offs go at the bottom.

    > I guess the bug here is the use of From: to identify the primary author,
    > because transporting the patch via email adds ambiguity.

    No it doesn't, the email "from" just ends up being the "default" if no
    explicit authorship is noted.

    > Maybe we should introduce "^Author:"?

    It would still have the same rules, so it wouldn't change anything but the
    tag, so I don't think there is any real advantage to it.

    Linus
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