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Subject[PATCH] module_author: don't advice putting in an email address
Hi Rusty.

Following up the recent MODULE_MAINTAINER discussion:

that concluded with MODULE_MAINTAINER not being a good idea, here's a small
patch that just deletes the advice of including an email address in the
MODULE_AUTHOR tag as suggested (and not objected to) at the end of it.

The email address is the problem I was trying to fix; with multiple current
and non-current authors and maintainers who might not even be authors the
address(es) available from the tag confuse the issue of whom to contact.
It's moreover also information that easily outdated.

A bit more than half of the tags in the tree don't include an email address
already and I'll submit patches removing more...


commit 3b4fa382d5a6a3d9afdcb5a9232d63c47391fb30
Author: Rene Herman <>
Date: Fri May 11 02:24:35 2007 +0200

module_author: don't advice putting in an email address

It's information that's easily outdated and easily mistaken for
a driver contact which is a problem especially for modules with
multiple current and non-current authors as well as for modules
with a maintainer who may not even be a module author.

Signed-off-by: Rene Herman <>

diff --git a/include/linux/module.h b/include/linux/module.h
index 792d483..e6e0f86 100644
--- a/include/linux/module.h
+++ b/include/linux/module.h
@@ -124,7 +124,7 @@ extern struct module __this_module;
#define MODULE_LICENSE(_license) MODULE_INFO(license, _license)

-/* Author, ideally of form NAME <EMAIL>[, NAME <EMAIL>]*[ and NAME <EMAIL>] */
+/* Author, ideally of form NAME[, NAME]*[ and NAME] */
#define MODULE_AUTHOR(_author) MODULE_INFO(author, _author)

/* What your module does. */
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