Paul Gortmaker <> writes:

>>>> This is _NOT_ fine, especially if you suggest "patch" the user may
>>>> not have, and more importantly does not have a clue why "git apply"
>>>> rejected it ("am" does _not_ use "patch" at all).
>>> I'm not 100% sure I'm following what part here is not OK.  If you
>>> can help me understand that, I'll respin the change accordingly.
>> Do not ever mention "patch -p1".  It is not the command that "git
>> am" uses, and it is not what detected the breakage in the patch.
> This may be true, but it _is_ the command that I (and others) have
> defaulted to using, if for no other reason than ignorance.
>> The command to guide the user to is "git apply".
> OK.  But I don't see a "--dry-run" equivalent -- and "git apply --check"
> just gives me a repeat of the same fail messages that "git am" did.
> With "patch -p1 --dry-run"  I get information that immediately
> lets me see whether the patch is viable or not.

What do you mean by "viable"?  

Independent from the answer to that question...

Running "git apply -p1" would by definition give you the same
failure without --dry-run (because you know it already failed), no?
Then you could ask for rejects or attempt to apply with reduced
contexts to "git apply" all without having to say --dry-run, as
unapplicable change will not be applied.
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