doc: prevent writing "topic:" to commit message

First time contributors surprisingly often write "topic:"
instead of "the main part or subsystem the patch touches" as requested
in patchguide.html

To prevent them doing so:
Use longer self-explaing "specify touched area" instead of "topic"
Give some examples in addition to recommended looking at "git log"

Change-Id: I1c307b460d7a79ba3c9918af8dbc9e9f827e1fb9
Signed-off-by: Tomas Vanek <>
Reviewed-by: Antonio Borneo <>
Tested-by: Paul Fertser <>
Tomas Vanek 1 year ago
parent 830d70bfc6
commit 4d1b29313a

@ -171,11 +171,11 @@ while(!done) {
\note use "git add ." before commit to add new files.
Comment template, notice the short first line w/topic. The topic field
should identify the main part or subsystem the patch touches. Check
git log for examples.
topic: Short comment
Commit message template, notice the short first line.
The field '<c>specify touched area</c>'
should identify the main part or subsystem the patch touches.
specify touched area: short comment
<blank line>
Longer comments over several lines, explaining (where applicable) the
reason for the patch and the general idea the solution is based on,
@ -183,6 +183,32 @@ any major design decisions, etc...
<blank line>
Signed-off-by: ...
flash/nor/atsame5: add SAME59 support
Add new device ID
flash/nor: flash driver for XYZ123
Add new flash driver for internal flash of ...
target/cortex_m: fix segmentation fault in cmd 'soft_reset_halt'
soft_reset_halt command failed reproducibly under following conditions: ...
Test for NULL pointer and return error ...
Reported-by: John Reporter <>
Fixes: 123456789abc ("target: the commit where the problem started")
doc: fix typos
See "git log" for more examples.
-# Next you need to make sure that your patches
are on top of the latest stuff on the server and
that there are no conflicts: