Kernel Janitors FAQ

Q: What is Kernel Janitors? A: It is a project to help wannabe kernel hackers get their feet wet

Q: What will I be doing? A: Basically, cleaning up the kernel.

Q: Prerequisites? A: Knowledge of C, being able to compile and boot Linux kernel.

Q: What documents should i read? A: SubmittingPatches, CodingStyle from Documentation/ .

Q: What version should I be patching against? A: Latest "linus" (2.6.x-rcY from

Q: Where should I send patches to? A: Mailing list:

Q: I have lots of patches that do the same thing. Can I just send them in

A: No, but don't send them in lots of small mails either. Try splitting

Q: Where can I find janitors? A: On our mailing list and #kerneljanitor at

Q: I got some negative replies. Am I just wasting peoples' time? A: A nice motivational post from Linus:

Mailer problems

Q: What is prefered way of sending patches? A: Inline (Insert file or similar, copy & paste is _not_ ok).

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

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