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Re: Patch submission requirements.

Hi Raúl,

  I'm currently have a patchset working on 2.17 that I'm trying to port to
2.18.50. The main author of the patch is unknown, but I'm trying to find
out who could be. So far I'm treating that information as public domain so
I hope it can be relicensed to GPL after my modifications.

This may be a problem if the original author did not put their work into the public domain. Please do make your best efforts to contact them and ascertain if they agree to the donation.

  As I've been told on the #gcc development channel, I need to fill in some
forms before I'm able to add any contribution upstream. Hence I'm asking
here to know what the requirements are.

The requirements are:

  1. You have an FSF copyright assignment on file with the FSF for
     contributions to the binutils project.  I have attached a form to start
     the application process if you do not already have one.

  2. The original author should ideally also have an FSF copyright assignment
     in place.  If not you must be able to show that they have released the
     copyright on their work into the public domain and that however it was
     licensed when it was released, that license is compatible with the code
     being relicensed under the GPLv3.

3. As you suggested:

  · Applying cleanly.
  · Don't break anything.
  · Don't fix if it's not broken.
  · Unified diff format.


    * Contains ChangeLog entries for the patches.
    * Documents any new command line options or targets in the appropriate
      places (gas/doc, ld/ld.texinfo, binutils/doc/binutils.texi, gas/NEWS,
    * Contains new assembler and linker testsuite directories to check the
      particulars of the new port.
    * Follows the GNU Coding Standards:




Please email the following information to, and we
will send you the assignment form for your past and future changes.
Please use your full name as the subject line of the message.

[What is the name of the program or package you're contributing to?]

[Did you copy any files or text written by someone else in these changes?
Even if that material is free software, we need to know about it.]

[Do you have an employer who might have a basis to claim to own
your changes?  Do you attend a school which might make such a claim?]

[For the copyright registration, what country are you a citizen of?]

[What year were you born?]

[Please write your email address here.]

[Please write your snail address here.]

[Which files have you changed so far, and which new files have you written
so far?]


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