On 10/12/2016 02:36 AM, Matthieu Moy wrote:
Larry Finger <larry.fin...@lwfinger.net> writes:

On 10/11/2016 11:18 AM, Matthieu Moy wrote:
Larry Finger <larry.fin...@lwfinger.net> writes:

That added information at the end is intended to be passed on to the
stable group. In this case, the patch needs to be applied to kernel
versions 4.8 and later.

OK, but where do people fetch this information from?

This format is used in a patch for the kernel. When the patch is
merged into mainline, sta...@vger.kernel.org gets sent an E-mail with
a copy of the original patch. Maintainers of the indicated systems
then merge the patch with their stable version.

Sorry, but this does not answer my question. I'll rephrase: when
people behind sta...@vger.kernel.org get the message, how do they know
which version of the kernel they should apply it to?

I do not want it in the body of the message. I just want to pass a
hint to the stable maintainer(s).

If it's not in the body of the message, then where is it?

That information is supplied in the "Cc: Stable" line at the end. That is the point for the "[4.8+]" notation. That means apply to kernel 4.8 and later. Without this information, the patch author has to monitor the mainline kernel for the application of the main patch, and then send a separate E-mail to Stable indicating the version info. When the info is included, then the process is automatic. I hope you understand now.


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