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Subject[PATCH] SubmittingPatches: improve documentation re: buggy mailers
There are plenty of perfectly good mailers available that don't mangle
patches. Warn users about buggy mailers in general and Thunderbird in

Signed-Off-By: Lee Revell <>

--- linux-2.6.15-rc5-rt2/Documentation/SubmittingPatches-orig 2005-12-26 13:01:51.000000000 -0500
+++ linux-2.6.15-rc5-rt2/Documentation/SubmittingPatches 2005-12-26 13:03:27.000000000 -0500
@@ -186,6 +186,10 @@
For this reason, all patches should be submitting e-mail "inline".
WARNING: Be wary of your editor's word-wrap corrupting your patch,
if you choose to cut-n-paste your patch.
+WARNING: Avoid Mozilla's Thunderbird email client, unlike other
+popular mailers it seems to be incapable of sending
+non-whitespace-damaged patches.

Do not attach the patch as a MIME attachment, compressed or not.
Many popular e-mail applications will not always transmit a MIME
@@ -193,8 +197,8 @@
code. A MIME attachment also takes Linus a bit more time to process,
decreasing the likelihood of your MIME-attached change being accepted.

-Exception: If your mailer is mangling patches then someone may ask
-you to re-send them using MIME.
+No exceptions. If your mailer is mangling patches then you will be
+told to get a better mailer.

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