Re: [PATCH] Documentation/email-clients.txt: discuss In-Reply-To

From: Jonathan Corbet
Date: Thu Nov 05 2015 - 13:31:14 EST

On Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:13:01 -0400
Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> +When manually adding In-Reply-To: headers to a patch (e.g., using `git
> +send email`), use common sense to associate the patch with previous
> +relevant discussion, e.g. link a bug fix to the email with the bug report.
> +For a multi-patch series, it is generally best to avoid using
> +In-Reply-To: to link to older versions of the series. This way
> +multiple versions of the patch don't become an unmanageable forest of
> +references in email clients. If a link is helpful, you can use an
> +""; URL (e.g., in the cover email
> +text) to link to an earlier version of the patch series.

So this is sitting in my docs folder waiting to see if anybody else had
anything to say. Nope. I guess I'm not opposed to this addition, but
I'm not quite sure what problem is being solved. Is there a plague of
inappropriate hand-crafted In-Reply-To headers out there that I've not

Beyond that, this seems like advice that is better put into
SubmittingPatches if we really want it.


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