[linux-elitists] Update on Getting Shlomi Fish's Emails Unbanned from vger.kernel.org (for submitting a kernel patch and getting help with git on the Better-SCM site)

Greg KH greg at kroah.com
Fri Mar 30 16:36:14 PDT 2012

On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 03:29:07PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:07:23PM -0700, Greg KH (greg at kroah.com) wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:26:21AM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > > Is it required that the person coding be the person signing off?
> > 
> > Did you read the Developer's Certificate of Origin (DCO) described in
> > the file, Documentation/SubmittingPatches in the kernel source tree?
> > That explains this question quite throughly I thought.  If not, please
> > point out where it should be clarified.
> Thanks for pointing that out.  And mind I'm giving hypotheticals, not
> sure what's happening in practice.
> It appears that section 13 of SubmittingPatches would correspond to the
> Yale Wall model, though that's not clearly stated.  I don't know if it
> should be, but text such as: 
>     In (special|exceptional) cases, by request, submissions _MAY_ be 
>     considered which are not tagged Signed-of-by, but are instead
>     Acked-by a listed maintainer.
> E.g.:  if you've got a bloody good reason, we'll consider your request,
> but no promises, and don't the lawyerly types don't like us doing this.
> In practice, Are patches ever accepted which are *only* Acked-By and not
> Signed-off-by?  Would/have you done such a thing (acked someone's
> unsigned-by-request) patch?

I would not, and I do not know of any such instances, but as our git
tree is public, feel free to dig through it to see if you find any such

greg k-h

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