On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM, Sun He <sunheeh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Signed-off-by: Sun He <sunheeh...@gmail.com>
> Helped-by: Duy Nguyen <pclo...@gmail.com>

Footers should follow a temporal order. For instance:

1. Duy helped you.
2. You revised your patch based upon his input.
3. You signed off before submitting the patch.

Hence, your Signed-off-by: should follow Helped-by:.

> ---
>  "PATCH v2" Fix the spelling bug of general in subject as is suggested
>  by brain m.calson <sand...@crustytoothpaste.net>

There are two type of information you want to convey to readers:

1. Explanation and justification of the change itself. This is
recorded for all time in the project history as the commit message. It
is placed above the "---" line.

2. Commentary related to this version / submission of the patch which
is not likely to be helpful or meaningful to people reading the
"official" project history via the commit messages. It is placed below
the "---" line.

Explaining what you changed since the previous version of the patch,
as you do above, is a good thing. It's not meaningful once the patch
is officially accepted into the project; it's only meaningful to
people following the progression of the patch on the mailing list, so
it definitely belongs below the "---" line, as you did here.


>  The general rule is if cache.h or git-compat-util.h is included,
>  it is the first #include.

This information explains the patch's purpose, thus it is relevant to
the project history. It belongs above the "---" line.

>  I parsed all the source files, and find many files start with builtin.h.
>  And git-compat-util.h is the first in it. So they don't need any change.

This could go either way. It tells how you arrived at this version of
the patch (relevant below "---"), but also explains why the patch does
not have to touch additional files (relevant above "---"). It's
probably okay to leave it below "---".

>  sigchain.c and test-sigchain.c are started with "sigchain.h"
>  I checked sigchain.h, and it didn't import any bug.
>  But to keep consistant with general rule, we should take this patch.

Commentary suitable for below "---".

>  Thanks.
>  sigchain.c      | 2 +-
>  test-sigchain.c | 2 +-
>  2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/sigchain.c b/sigchain.c
> index 1118b99..faa375d 100644
> --- a/sigchain.c
> +++ b/sigchain.c
> @@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
> -#include "sigchain.h"
>  #include "cache.h"
> +#include "sigchain.h"
> diff --git a/test-sigchain.c b/test-sigchain.c
> index 42db234..e499fce 100644
> --- a/test-sigchain.c
> +++ b/test-sigchain.c
> @@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
> -#include "sigchain.h"
>  #include "cache.h"
> +#include "sigchain.h"
>  #define X(f) \
>  static void f(int sig) { \
> --
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