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Subject[PATCH] Documentation: add Internal-reference-ID: patch tag
From: Randy Dunlap <>

Introduce "Internal-reference-ID:" for company-internal
patch tracking. Also clarify that URLs in patches should be
public, not private.

Based on emails from Greg Kroah-Hartman.

Internal-reference-ID: rdunlap.2011.0729.id1

Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
Cc: Mike Waychison <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <>
Cc: Theodore Tso <tytso@MIT.EDU>
Cc: Alan Cox <>
Documentation/SubmittingPatches | 25 ++++++++++++++++++++++---
1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
--- linux-3.0-git11.orig/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
+++ linux-3.0-git11/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
@@ -108,7 +108,14 @@ This benefits both the patch merger(s) a
probably didn't even receive earlier versions of the patch.

If the patch fixes a logged bug entry, refer to that bug entry by
-number and URL.
+number and URL (for URLs that are public, i.e., available to
+Please don't include private (internal) URLs in patch descriptions,
+so just say something like:
+ Fixes bugzilla #4311
+instead of
+ Fixes

3) Separate your changes.
@@ -469,7 +476,19 @@ understand the subject area and to perfo
increase the likelihood of your patch getting into the kernel.

-15) The canonical patch format
+15) Internal-reference-ID: tag
+Sometimes a company wants to include an internal reference ID (tag)
+in a patch so that they can have better patch tracking. Instead of
+having a bazillion different such ID tags, the accepted one for
+everyone to use is:
+Internal-reference-ID: <text>
+<text> should not be a private (internal) URL.
+16) The canonical patch format

The canonical patch subject line is:

@@ -583,7 +602,7 @@ See more details on the proper patch for

-16) Sending "git pull" requests (from Linus emails)
+17) Sending "git pull" requests (from Linus emails)

Please write the git repo address and branch name alone on the same line
so that I can't even by mistake pull from the wrong branch, and so

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