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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Signed-off-by For Committers

The Eclipse Foundation's intellectual property process requires that contributors who are not committers on the project must add a "Signed-off-by" entry in the commit message to indicate that they (still) understand the terms that they agreed to when they signed the ECA. The intellectual property process does not require this assurance from committers.

It's not wrong for a committer to "Sign-off" a commit. A project team could decide to give it a different meaning when a committers signs-off on a commit.



On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 3:29 PM Roland Grunberg <rgrunber@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
In a recent review, a discussion came up about whether committers to a
project should be adding the 'Signed-off-by' header to their commits on
that same project.

I'm assuming it's mandatory for all non-committers to a project as
Gerrit will certainly reject the commit. However, I see plenty of
changes by committers (even recently) that do not contain it so Gerrit
is definitely not enforcing it in this case. Is it implicit from the
committer agreement one would have on file ? Is there any reason to
include one anyways ? (eg. stats being collected from it
that we wouldn't appear in). I could definitely see the argument for
saving a line in the log messages.

Roland Grunberg

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