Commit 109d8cb2 authored by Alexander Duyck's avatar Alexander Duyck Committed by Linus Torvalds
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checkpatch: only flag FSF address, not URL

This change restricts the check for the for the FSF address in the GPL
copyright statement so that it only flags the address, not the
references to the URL which appears to be used in
numerous drivers.  The idea is to still allow some reference to an
external copy of the GPL in the event that files are copied out of the
kernel tree without the COPYING file.

So for example this statement will still return an error:
  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
  Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

However, this statement will not return an error after this patch:
  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  along with this program.  If not, see <

Signed-off-by: default avatarAlexander Duyck <>
Cc: Joe Perches <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 31070b5d
......@@ -1970,14 +1970,12 @@ sub process {
# Check for FSF mailing addresses.
if ($rawline =~ /\bYou should have received a copy/i ||
$rawline =~ /\bwrite to the Free/i ||
if ($rawline =~ /\bwrite to the Free/i ||
$rawline =~ /\b59\s+Temple\s+Pl/i ||
$rawline =~ /\b51\s+Franklin\s+St/i) {
my $herevet = "$here\n" . cat_vet($rawline) . "\n";
my $msg_type = \&ERROR;
$msg_type = \&CHK if ($file);
$msg_type = \&CHK if ($rawline =~ /\bYou should have received a copy/i);
"Do not include the paragraph about writing to the Free Software Foundation's mailing address from the sample GPL notice. The FSF has changed addresses in the past, and may do so again. Linux already includes a copy of the GPL.\n" . $herevet)
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