On 08/10/2012 12:36 PM, Jeff King wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 at 05:13:51PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> I have some contributors who consistently put their commentary
>> *before* the "---" line rather than *after* it, presumably with the
>> notion that it is some kind of "cover text".  This messes with "git
>> am", and so I end up having to edit those posts manually.
>> I have tried git am --scissors and it doesn't seem to solve the problem.
>> Is there any other option which can be used to automatically process
>> such a patch?
> If I understand your issue, somebody is writing:
>      From: them
>      To: you
>      Date: ...
>      Subject: [PATCH] subject line
>      commit message body
>      ....
>      some cover letter material that should go below the "---"
>      ---
>        [diffstat + diff]
> How do you know when the commit message body ends, and the cover letter
> begins? We already have two machine-readable formats for separating the
> two ("---" after the commit message, and "-- >8 --" scissors before). Is
> there some machine-readable hint? Is it always the paragraph before the
> "---"? Chopping that off unconditionally seems like a dangerous
> heuristic.

End of SOB lines might be a good cutoff, if they're present. I've never
seen anyone put commit message text below them anyway.

Andreas Ericsson                   andreas.erics...@op5.se
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