[RFC PATCH 16/16] KVM: PPC: e500mc support

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Wed Jan 11 09:20:39 EST 2012

On 01/10/2012 02:37 AM, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 01/09/2012 09:29 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
>>> Best to include their signoffs, if possible.
>> These patches are based in part on a bunch of different patches from
>> these people (for which I did receive signoffs).  I was reluctant to put
>> their signoff directly on the new patches, since I didn't want to make
>> it look like they had submitted the patch in anything resembling its
>> current form.  I wanted to give them credit for what they did, but not
>> blame for what I did with their code.
> Signoffs are for assigning neither credit nor blame, but for
> attributing authorship and affirming that a contributor has
> the right to contribute code or pass it along.

That's its formal purpose, but some people draw other conclusions from
it regardless.  From Documentation/SubmittingPatches: "Rule (b) allows
you to adjust the code, but then it is very impolite to change one
submitter's code and make him endorse your bugs."

Please read the DCO at
> https://lwn.net/Articles/437739/.

I've read it.  My signoff here qualifies based on (a) and (b).

>         (a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
>             have the right to submit it under the open source license
>             indicated in the file; or

Note "or in part".  The contributions in this patch were all produced by
Freescale employees on a work for hire basis (other than the extent to
which the code is derived from code already in the Linux kernel, which
is covered by (b)), and I am authorized to submit this work on
Freescale's behalf for inclusion into the Linux kernel under GPLv2.

I'm not trying to be difficult, just to avoid looking like it was a
patch passed more-or-less as-is from person to person.  When I resubmit,
I can put the sign-offs in with [scottwood at freescale.com: significant
rework] after them, or list them separately as part of the "based on..."


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