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Kernel Janitors FAQ
Q: What is Kernel Janitors? A: It is a project to help wannabe kernel hackers get their feet wet
- while doing something useful for the community.
Q: What will I be doing? A: Basically, cleaning up the kernel.
- You can look at TODO for some example tasks.
Q: Prerequisites? A: Knowledge of C, being able to compile and boot Linux kernel.
http://www.zip.com.au/~akpm/linux/patches/stuff/tpp.txt and http://linux.yyz.us/patch-format.html are good to read also.
Q: What version should I be patching against? A: Latest "linus" (2.6.x-rcY from kernel.org).
- Be sure to check -mm and -kj trees to see if someone already did that.
Q: Where should I send patches to? A: Mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you feel confident enough, you can CC: someone from MAINTAINERS too.
Q: I have lots of patches that do the same thing. Can I just send them in
- one mail?
A: No, but don't send them in lots of small mails either. Try splitting
- them up per subsystem (drivers/net/, fs/ext3/...). See here:
Q: Where can I find janitors? A: On our mailing list and #kerneljanitor at irc.oftc.net
Q: I got some negative replies. Am I just wasting peoples' time? A: A nice motivational post from Linus: http://lkml.org/lkml/2004/12/20/255
Q: What is prefered way of sending patches? A: Inline (Insert file or similar, copy & paste is _not_ ok).
- If that's not possible, plain text attachment (no base64, quoted string or, tux forbid, html).
Q: What do I need to set in my e-mail client? A: Disable line wrap, and see upper FAQ.
Q: How do I test my settings are ok? A: Send patch to yourself, save it, try applying it. If it works it's
ok. Also, you can send the patch to email@example.com; it will find little mistakes like incorrect patch level, the use of spaces instead of tabs, etc.