[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH] checkpatch: Documentation: include sign off for reverts

Lukas Bulwahn lukas.bulwahn at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 14:49:15 UTC 2020

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 2:42 PM Aditya Srivastava <yashsri421 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Currently, we do not have any documentation on commit reverts regarding
> the requirement of Signed-off-by tag for it. This may be misleading to
> the users.
> On evaluating MISSING_SIGN_OFF over v4.13..v5.8, it was found that
Just some minor nitpicking on wording:

Evaluating MISSING_SIGN_OFF checkpatch warnings on v4.13..v5.8 showed that
> 4 out of 11 cases for this error is because of missing sign offs in

4 out of 11 cases missing a sign-off are revert commits.

> revert commits.
> Add documentation regarding the same.

...to document the community consensus and let readers know.

Send the revised patch out to the appropriate developers and mailing
lists and please CC me and Joe (because it is also on checkpatch

> Signed-off-by: Aditya Srivastava <yashsri421 at gmail.com>
> ---
>  Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst | 2 ++
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst b/Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst
> index 83d9a82055a7..ff065e1f6a25 100644
> --- a/Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst
> @@ -404,6 +404,8 @@ then you just add a line saying::
>  using your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)
>  This will be done for you automatically if you use ``git commit -s``.
> +Also reverts should include a Signed-off-by. ``git revert -s`` does
> +that for you.
>  Some people also put extra tags at the end.  They'll just be ignored for
>  now, but you can do this to mark internal company procedures or just
> --
> 2.17.1

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