Re: [PATCH 1/1] Changed "&" with "and" in Documentation/applying-patches.txt.

From: Randy Dunlap
Date: Thu Sep 25 2014 - 15:35:36 EST

On 09/25/14 12:12, Frans Klaver wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 06:28:47PM +0200, Oscar Utbult wrote:
>> On 2014-09-25 16:48, Frans Klaver wrote:
>>> On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM, <oscar@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> Subject: [PATCH 1/1] Changed "&" with "and" in
>>>> Documentation/applying-patches.txt.
>>> Documentation/SubmittingPatches says:
>>> Describe your changes in imperative mood, e.g. "make xyzzy do frotz"
>>> instead of "[This patch] makes xyzzy do frotz" or "[I] changed xyzzy
>>> to do frotz", as if you are giving orders to the codebase to change
>>> its behaviour.
>> Thank you for your feedback Frans.
>> So for example a better description would have been: "use 'and' instead
>> of '&'"?
> Yes. It is useful to still mention it is affecting documentation only
> though. This helps identifying whether a change may be related to a
> defect for example.
> By the way, I just grepped through the documentation, and there are
> quite some situations where this same change would happen, so if we care
> enough, all those instances could be changed. I don't know if we care
> enough though. That's for others, like Randy, to decide.

I think that we don't care enough. The referenced web page talks about
formal documentation. We aren't quite formal IMO.

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