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diff --git a/Documentation/SubmittingPatches b/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
index 4d1f41b84eb..6761a7b241a 100644
--- a/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
+++ b/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
@@ -35,7 +35,7 @@ not in any lower subdirectory.
To create a patch for a single file, it is often sufficient to do:
- SRCTREE= linux-2.4
+ SRCTREE= linux-2.6
MYFILE= drivers/net/mydriver.c
@@ -48,17 +48,18 @@ To create a patch for multiple files, you should unpack a "vanilla",
or unmodified kernel source tree, and generate a diff against your
own source tree. For example:
- MYSRC= /devel/linux-2.4
+ MYSRC= /devel/linux-2.6
- tar xvfz linux-2.4.0-test11.tar.gz
- mv linux linux-vanilla
- wget http://www.moses.uklinux.net/patches/dontdiff
- diff -uprN -X dontdiff linux-vanilla $MYSRC > /tmp/patch
- rm -f dontdiff
+ tar xvfz linux-2.6.12.tar.gz
+ mv linux-2.6.12 linux-2.6.12-vanilla
+ diff -uprN -X linux-2.6.12-vanilla/Documentation/dontdiff \
+ linux-2.6.12-vanilla $MYSRC > /tmp/patch
"dontdiff" is a list of files which are generated by the kernel during
the build process, and should be ignored in any diff(1)-generated
-patch. dontdiff is maintained by Tigran Aivazian <tigran@veritas.com>
+patch. The "dontdiff" file is included in the kernel tree in
+2.6.12 and later. For earlier kernel versions, you can get it
+from <http://www.xenotime.net/linux/doc/dontdiff>.
Make sure your patch does not include any extra files which do not
belong in a patch submission. Make sure to review your patch -after-
@@ -66,18 +67,20 @@ generated it with diff(1), to ensure accuracy.
If your changes produce a lot of deltas, you may want to look into
splitting them into individual patches which modify things in
-logical stages, this will facilitate easier reviewing by other
+logical stages. This will facilitate easier reviewing by other
kernel developers, very important if you want your patch accepted.
-There are a number of scripts which can aid in this;
+There are a number of scripts which can aid in this:
Randy Dunlap's patch scripts:
Andrew Morton's patch scripts:
2) Describe your changes.
@@ -163,6 +166,8 @@ patches. Trivial patches must qualify for one of the following rules:
since people copy, as long as it's trivial)
Any fix by the author/maintainer of the file. (ie. patch monkey
in re-transmission mode)
+URL: <http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/rusty/trivial/>
@@ -291,6 +296,17 @@ now, but you can do this to mark internal company procedures or just
point out some special detail about the sign-off.
+12) More references for submitting patches
+Andrew Morton, "The perfect patch" (tpp).
+ <http://www.zip.com.au/~akpm/linux/patches/stuff/tpp.txt>
+Jeff Garzik, "Linux kernel patch submission format."
+ <http://linux.yyz.us/patch-format.html>
@@ -359,7 +375,5 @@ and 'extern __inline__'.
4) Don't over-design.
Don't try to anticipate nebulous future cases which may or may not
-be useful: "Make it as simple as you can, and no simpler"
+be useful: "Make it as simple as you can, and no simpler."