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Date:   Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:11:58 -1000
From:   Linus Torvalds <>
To:     Pavel Machek <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        LKML <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,
        Kate Stewart <>,
        Philippe Ombredanne <>,
        Russell King <>,
        Rob Herring <>,
        Jonas Oberg <>, Joe Perches <>,
        linux-xfs <>,
        Charlemagne Lasse <>,
        Carmen Bianca Bakker <>
Subject: Re: [patch V4 01/11] Documentation: Add license-rules.rst to describe
 how to properly identify file licenses

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 9:04 AM, Pavel Machek <> wrote:
> That does not sound like he was deciding between /* */ and //. And
> actually this was in context of files with no existing license. You
> made the ugly patches. Stop hiding behind Linus.

No, Linus happily stands up for //.

I really don't like one-liner /* */ comments. Let's face it, // was
the _one_ thing C++ got right, among all the horrible bad decisions.

I think we should just start moving to // in general, but only when
adding new ones (ie I don't want to see any automatic conversion

And it's _particularly_ true for the whole case where we mix
one-liners like the SPDX line with block comments. That's where /* */
really sucks.


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