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Date:   Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:50:15 -0600
From:   Jonathan Corbet <>
To:     Markus Heiser <>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <>, Jonas Oberg <>,
        Philippe Ombredanne <>,
        Kate Stewart <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] docs: tidy up TOCs and refs to license-rules.rst

On Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:43:12 +0200
Markus Heiser <> wrote:

> The documentation and TOCs are organized in a manner of a tree. Adding a TOC to
> the root, which refers to a file which is located in a subfolder forms a
> grid. Those TOCs are a bit confusing and thats why we get additional error
> messages while building partial documentation::
>   $ make SPHINXDIRS=process htmldocs
>   ...
>   checking consistency... Documentation/process/license-rules.rst: \
>   WARNING: document isn't included in any toctree
> To fix it, the *root-license-TOC* is replaced by a reference and the
> 'license-roles.txt' is added to the Documentation/process/index.rst TOC.
> BTW: there was an old licences remark in Documentation/process/howto.rst which
> is also updated, mentioning SPDX and pointing to the license-rules.rst

So those are two separate changes and should really have been in two
different patches.  I guess we can let that slide just this

I do have to wonder if the licensing rules are *really* the most
important thing in our docs - the thing that readers should encounter
first, before anything else.  I think I'll revisit that at another time...



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