RFE: use patchwork to submit a patch

Konstantin Ryabitsev konstantin at linuxfoundation.org
Wed Oct 16 02:21:29 AEDT 2019

On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 09:35:27AM -0400, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
>On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 08:37:41AM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>> Now, if we had a way to send and receive upstream patches via a web
>> site, that would actually make things easier.
>Alas, for those corporations who choose to enable DMARC in hard-fail
>mode (which includes google.com BTW, although thankfully, not
>gmail.com) sending (from DMARC's perspective, "forging") e-mail from
>someone at that particular domain won't work unless it comes from an
>authorized e-mail server.

This is not a huge deal for web services mailing patches, because they 
just need to specify the `From:` header in the body of the patch. From 
`man git-am`:

  "From: " and "Subject: " lines starting the body override the 
  respective commit author name and title values taken from the headers.

So, a web service emailing patches can have:

  From jdoe at webserviceaddr.example.org
  From: J.Doe <jdoe at webserviceaddr.example.org>
  Reply-to: J.Doe <jdoe at corpaddress.example.com>
  Cc: jdoe at corpaddress.example.com
  Subject: [PATCH] Fix foo in bar

  From: J.Doe <jdoe at corpaddress.example.com>

  Signed-off-by: J.Doe <jdoe at corpaddress.example.com>

This *should* be kosher with legal requirements in most companies:

- the email traverses the corporate server when the cc is received, so 
  there is a log of it in their legally required auto-cc inbox
- all replies will be sent to the corporate server
- when the patch is applied, the commit will be properly listing the 
  corporate address

>Of course, we do have a workaround for that, which is to use a
>kernel.org address.

Only a very small subset of people have these, and it may still be not 
allowed by individual company's legal departments even when this is 


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