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Certify your work by adding your "Signed-off-by: " line

This text is borrowed from the Git project.

To improve tracking of who did what, we've borrowed the "sign-off" procedure from the Linux kernel project on patches that are being emailed around. Although ZooDB is a lot smaller project it is a good discipline to follow it.

The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right to pass it on as a open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify the below D-C-O:


** Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1 ** (original)

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

a. The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
   have the right to submit it under the open source license
   indicated in the file; or

b. The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
   of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
   license and I have the right under that license to submit that
   work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
   by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
   permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
   in the file; or

c. The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
   person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

d. I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
   are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
   personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
   maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
   this project or the open source license(s) involved.

then you just add a line saying

	Signed-off-by: Random J Developer <>

This line can be automatically added by Git if you run the git-commit command with the -s option.

Notice that you can place your own Signed-off-by: line when forwarding somebody else's patch with the above rules for D-C-O. Indeed you are encouraged to do so. Do not forget to place an in-body From: line at the beginning to properly attribute the change to its true author (see (2) above).


Also notice that a real name is used in the Signed-off-by: line. Please don't hide your real name.