Re: Sending off kernel patches
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On Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM, <adhirramjiawan0@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:Hello!
> Hi all!
> I'm new to kernel development and I have just started learning how to create linux kernel patches.
> I would like to know how the 'signing off' and 'acknowledgment' processes work?
> I'm assuming that I as the patch author I need to sign off, but who do I send the file to so that it can be acknowledged? Do I need to find an individual who's actively involved in kernel development?
> Thanks in advance!
Git and some scripts in the kernel tree help a lot.
First of all, when you write a patch, you sign it off in your name
(you can use the -s flag when issuing the git format-patch command),
to take both credit and responsibility for what you wrote.
The patch will be send to one or more mailing lists  or to some
persons (top developers). To see who you should send it to, use the
script from the linux tree called scripts/get_maintainer.pl. Just run
that scrip with your patch as the parameter. It will list the emails
you should send to.
Next, you can use the git send-mail command to send the patch itself
to those emails.
If your patch gets accepted by a main developer, (s)he will push the
patch to the main branch, signing it off too.
Do a git log on the linux tree and take a random commit and see the
signed-off-by and acked-by lines and you can use Patchwork  or
search through the mailing lists archives to to see who did what
(everything is public).
Hope this helps.
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