To help managing patch dependencies, both for maintainers or automation
tasks, document a syntax for commit logs or cover letters to express
their dependencies.

Using the syntax proposed in Bugzilla ID 210:

"Depends-on: series-NNNNN ("Title of the series")'
'Depends-on: patch-NNNNN ("Title of the patch")'

Signed-off-by: Ferruh Yigit <>

* Add patch/series title as part of syntax
 doc/guides/contributing/patches.rst | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/doc/guides/contributing/patches.rst 
index 16b40225f..73f71fc69 100644
--- a/doc/guides/contributing/patches.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/contributing/patches.rst
@@ -336,6 +336,24 @@ In the commit message body the Cc: should 
be inserted as follows
 For further information on stable contribution you can go to
 :doc:`Stable Contribution Guide <stable>`.
+Patch Dependencies
+Sometimes a patch or patchset can depend on another one.
+To help the maintainers and automation tasks, please document this dependency 
in commit log or cover letter
+with the following syntax:
+``Depends-on: series-NNNNN ("Title of the series")`` or ``Depends-on: 
patch-NNNNN ("Title of the patch")``
+Where ``NNNNN`` is patchwork ID for patch or series::
+     doc: fix some parameter description
+     Update the docs, fixing description of some parameter.
+     Signed-off-by: Alex Smith <>
+     ---
+     Depends-on: series-10000 ("Title of the series")
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