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authorChris Metcalf <cmetcalf@ezchip.com>2015-11-05 20:21:47 (GMT)
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Documentation/SubmittingPatches: discuss In-Reply-To
Add a paragraph suggesting best practices for when to link patches to previous LKML messages via In-Reply-To. Signed-off-by: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@ezchip.com> [jc: moved the added text to a separate section] Signed-off-by: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
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See more details on the proper patch format in the following
references.
+15) Explicit In-Reply-To headers
+--------------------------------
+
+It can be helpful to manually add In-Reply-To: headers to a patch
+(e.g., when using "git send email") to associate the patch with
+previous relevant discussion, e.g. to link a bug fix to the email with
+the bug report. However, for a multi-patch series, it is generally
+best to avoid using In-Reply-To: to link to older versions of the
+series. This way multiple versions of the patch don't become an
+unmanageable forest of references in email clients. If a link is
+helpful, you can use the https://lkml.kernel.org/ redirector (e.g., in
+the cover email text) to link to an earlier version of the patch series.
+
-15) Sending "git pull" requests
+16) Sending "git pull" requests
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If you have a series of patches, it may be most convenient to have the