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+Whereas the QEMU developers highly appreciate any patches, it would be
+most helpful for all parties if the following rules were followed in
+order to simplify mechanical extraction and applying of the
+patches. Patch management utilities (git send-email, quilt, and
+similar) can assist in producing compatible patches and patch sets
+with correct formatting etc., so their use is recommended.
+1. Format of e-mail subject
+SP1.1: The e-mail subject must contain "PATCH" in brackets, followed
+by white space and a short summary of the change.
+SP1.2: The bracketed text may also include other commonly used tags
+separated with a comma and white space, including "RFC" (Request for
+Comments, for patches submitted for discussion and review purposes
+only) and "RFT" (Request for Testing, for patches which are suspected
+to introduce problems in use cases which have not been tested by the
+SP1.3: The summary must be suitable for changelog as is (start with a
+capital letter etc.) after deleting the bracketed text, white space
+after it and any text preceding it.
+2. Format of e-mail body
+SP2.1: The e-mail body must contain a description of the change,
+suitable for changelog without any editing.
+SP2.2: The patch description must be selfstanding (not depend on other
+patches, other messages or background discussion).
+SP2.3: The description must be followed by one blank line and a
+SP2.4: Optionally, the "Signed-off-by:" line may be followed with a
+line with only "---" and on the following lines, other comments not
+intended for changelog (for example diffstat, location of a git tree,
+whether the patch is also directed towards stable tree, witty
+SP2.5: Exception: The rules in this section are not applicable for
+patches tagged with "RFC" or "RFT"
+3. Attaching patches to e-mail
+SP3.1: Each message may contain only one patch
+SP3.2: If possible, please send the patch inlined (to make commenting
+easier) and also attached (to make it easier to apply)
+SP3.2: If the patch is attached (and not inlined) it should be marked
+as text/plain content type
+SP3.3: Please ensure in advance that your e-mail tool does not mangle
+white space or break long lines
+4. About patches
+SP4.1: It must be possible to apply the patch with "git am" without
+any editing or extra flags (git config apply.whitespace=fix).
+SP4.2: The patch must be based in the QEMU root directory (not for
+example KVM, Xen or lower level subdirectory)
+SP4.3: The patches targeted for development branch must be based on
+the current development repository.
+SP4.4: The patches targeted for stable branch must be based on the
+current stable repository.
+5. Changes made by the patch
+SP5.1: Do not combine formatting changes with functional changes.
+SP5.2: Do not combine several independent functional changes to one
+patch unless required by the logic of the changes.
+SP5.3: The changes may not introduce new violations of CODING_STYLE.
+SP5.4: If the changes involve new or changed user interface,
+documentation and help messages must be changed as well.
+SP5.5: If the changes add new files, make sure that the patch includes
+them (for example, use diff flag -N).
+SP5.6 Please check that the changes do not introduce new warnings to
+be emitted when compiling the sources, preferably not even when
+compiling with Sparse checker.
+6. Series of patches
+SP6.1 Patch series should be numbered with the number included inside
+the brackets in the subject (for example "[PATCH 09/17]").
+SP6.2: The patch series should include a cover letter describing the
+patchset in general (as opposed to individual patch descriptions).
+SP6.3: No changes in a single patch in the patch series may break the
+ability to bisect (make sure that when applying the patches
+sequentially step by step, working executables can be produced at each
+step and not only at the final step).
+7. Legal aspects
+SP7.1: Any new files or merges from other sources must be licenced
+with licences compatible with QEMU licencing (for example, GPLv3 or
+CDDL are not compatible).
+SP7.2: Any new files must mention its licence unless it is technically
+SP7.3: The "Signed-off-by:" line is a form of legal declaration which
+the submitter must be aware of (please see Linux