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Subject[RFC][PATCH] update SubmittingPatches to clarify attachment policy

I think the general opinion of posting patches as attachments
has changed over the last few years. Mailers have been getting
a lot better at handling them, even quoting non-message-body
plain/text attachments in replies.

Plus, a plain/text attachment message saved to a file can go
into 'patch' the same way that an inline one can.

Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <>

memhotplug-dave/Documentation/SubmittingPatches | 11 +++++++++--
1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff -L Documentation/Submitting -puN /dev/null /dev/null
diff -puN Documentation/SubmittingPatches~submitting-patches Documentation/SubmittingPatches
--- memhotplug/Documentation/SubmittingPatches~submitting-patches 2005-05-04 08:07:25.000000000 -0700
+++ memhotplug-dave/Documentation/SubmittingPatches 2005-05-04 09:11:27.000000000 -0700
@@ -181,17 +181,24 @@ patches. Trivial patches must qualify fo

-6) No MIME, no links, no compression, no attachments. Just plain text.
+6) No MIME, no links, no compression. Just plain text.

Linus and other kernel developers need to be able to read and comment
on the changes you are submitting. It is important for a kernel
developer to be able to "quote" your changes, using standard e-mail
tools, so that they may comment on specific portions of your code.

-For this reason, all patches should be submitting e-mail "inline".
+For this reason, the preferred way of submitting patches in e-mail is
+"inline", in the same part of the message with everything else.
WARNING: Be wary of your editor's word-wrap corrupting your patch,
if you choose to cut-n-paste your patch.

+Many maintainers will now accept patches submitted to them as
+text/plain attachments. Many mailers quote these attachements in the
+same way that they do for inline patches. But, some maintainers still
+prefer inlines and they are certainly the safest bet. In any case,
+never attach more than one patch to a single e-mail.
Do not attach the patch as a MIME attachment, compressed or not.
Many popular e-mail applications will not always transmit a MIME
attachment as plain text, making it impossible to comment on your
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