Re: [PATCH] Documentation/SendingPatches [2 of 2].

From: Rob Landley (
Date: Wed Jun 11 2003 - 15:18:10 EST

The bit about log rolling.

--- linux-new/Documentation/SubmittingPatches 2003-06-11 15:54:29.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-new/Documentation/SubmittingPatches2 2003-06-11 15:54:06.000000000 -0400
@@ -92,6 +92,16 @@
 complete, that is OK. Simply note "this patch depends on patch X"
 in your patch description.
+In politics, there's a concept called "log rolling", where unrelated
+amendments are bundled together so that changes people want grease the
+way for changes they don't. Do not do this. It's annoying.
+In coding, this sort of thing can be very subtle, such as performance increases
+that help your new version perform as well as the original while doing more
+work, but which could also have been applied to the original making it even
+faster. The linux-kernel guys are very good at taking the chocolate coating
+and leaving the pill behind. This can be very frustrating to developers, but
+it's one of the big reasons open source produces such excellent results.
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