[mpich-devel] [mpich-discuss] Use of Signed-off-by in MPICH

Jeff Hammond jhammond at anl.gov
Sun Jan 5 12:50:53 CST 2014

God help us all if any programmer waivers from the impeccable logic
bestowed upon on us lowly humans by the GNU/Linux developer community.
 Clearly, there is no room for any other self-consistent convention
and developer teams that attempt to use one are doomed to fail in
every aspect of their professional lives.


On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM, Jed Brown <jedbrown at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:
> Pavan Balaji <balaji at mcs.anl.gov> writes:
>> AFAIK, signedoff has project specific meaning.
> As far as I know, there are only two meanings, the one used by MPICH and
> the meaning used by the kernel, git.git, AOSP/Gerrit/Google, and other
> projects.  If someone searches the web, all the results will use that
> meaning (DCO).
> https://gerrit.googlecode.com/svn/documentation/2.0/user-signedoffby.html
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1962094/what-is-the-sign-off-feature-in-git-for
> https://github.com/wking/signed-off-by
>> Essentially, it’s what we define it to be.  I guess we could have used
>> “Reviewed-by”, but I’m not sure it really matters that much.
> FWIW, I think it's a needless deviation from a widespread convention.
>> But you are right, we should document it some place.  Maybe the wiki?
> Sure, or a CONTRIBUTING document in the repo (easier to search).

Jeff Hammond
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility
University of Chicago Computation Institute
jhammond at anl.gov / jhammond at uchicago.edu / (630) 252-5381

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