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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] Nexus One Support
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On Jan 20, 2011, at 9:25 PM, Joe Perches wrote:
>
> The authors may be different, but the first git
> committer of the patch is different.
>
> The committer is the person that does a git commit
> either directly with git commit or git am.
>
> You should keep the original patch author names and
> add your own "Signed-off-by:" and not claim authorship
> of the patches themselves.
>

For example, many people send me patches for the ext4 tree.

Even if I get the patches from somewhere else, say the SuSE RPM, I will try to determine the author, and use that as the author field in the patches. If I put a

From: The Original Author <author@original.com>

in the patch before I suck it in using git am, it will use the original author in the Author field. I will add my Signed-off-by, preserving the other Signed-off-by's, and my name will appear in the Committer field, which is as it should be.

-- Ted



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