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authorRamkumar Ramachandra <>2010-10-02 04:37:43 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2010-10-06 20:45:42 (GMT)
commit95b7a41a80e56e3df904a2080d0665565c231272 (patch)
parent6db2103f92cf6c5caeeddec0bfd5f57f94e81d81 (diff)
SubmittingPatches: Document some extra tags used in commit messages
Document the meanings of the tags "Reported-by:", "Acked-by:", "Reviewed-by:" and "Tested-by:" clearly. Also mention that the user is free to use any custom tags. Helped-by: Jonathan Nieder <> Liked-by: Sverre Rabbelier <> Signed-off-by: Ramkumar Ramachandra <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -264,12 +264,21 @@ the change to its true author (see (2) above).
Also notice that a real name is used in the Signed-off-by: line. Please
don't hide your real name.
-Some people also put extra tags at the end.
-"Acked-by:" says that the patch was reviewed by the person who
-is more familiar with the issues and the area the patch attempts
-to modify. "Tested-by:" says the patch was tested by the person
-and found to have the desired effect.
+If you like, you can put extra tags at the end:
+1. "Reported-by:" is used to to credit someone who found the bug that
+ the patch attempts to fix.
+2. "Acked-by:" says that the person who is more familiar with the area
+ the patch attempts to modify liked the patch.
+3. "Reviewed-by:", unlike the other tags, can only be offered by the
+ reviewer and means that she is completely satisfied that the patch
+ is ready for application. It is usually offered only after a
+ detailed review.
+4. "Tested-by:" is used to indicate that the person applied the patch
+ and found it to have the desired effect.
+You can also create your own tag or use one that's in common usage
+such as "Thanks-to:", "Based-on-patch-by:", or "Mentored-by:".
An ideal patch flow