The current script has got the following problems:

1) It doesn't work if the language used by Thunderbird is not English;
2) The field To: filled by format-patch is not evaluated;
3) The field Cc: is loaded from Cc used in the commit message
instead of using the Cc field filled by format-patch in the email

Added comments for point 1), added parsing of To: for point 2) and
added parsing of Cc: in the email header for point 3), removing the
Cc: parsing from commit message.

Signed-off-by: Marco Stornelli <>

v5: fixed comments by Junio C Hamano
v4: create a tmp file to allow correct perl parsing
v3: parse only To: and Cc: in the email header, fix some comments
v2: changed the commit message to reflect better the script implementation
v1: first draft

 contrib/thunderbird-patch-inline/ |   25 +++++++++++++++++++++----
 1 files changed, 21 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/contrib/thunderbird-patch-inline/ 
index 5eb4a51..5e4e892 100755
--- a/contrib/thunderbird-patch-inline/
+++ b/contrib/thunderbird-patch-inline/
@@ -6,6 +6,9 @@
 # ExternalEditor can be downloaded at
+# NOTE: You must change some words in this script according to the language
+# used by Mozilla Thunderbird, as <Subject>, <To>, <Don't remove this line>.
 SEP="-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=# Don't remove this line #=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-"
@@ -26,17 +29,31 @@ fi
 cd - > /dev/null
 SUBJECT=`sed -n -e '/^Subject: /p' "${PATCH}"`
-HEADERS=`sed -e '/^'"${SEP}"'$/,$d' $1`
 BODY=`sed -e "1,/${SEP}/d" $1`
 CMT_MSG=`sed -e '1,/^$/d' -e '/^---$/,$d' "${PATCH}"`
 DIFF=`sed -e '1,/^---$/d' "${PATCH}"`
+sed '/^$/q' "${PATCH}" > "${PATCHTMP}"
+export PATCHTMP
+CCS=`perl -e 'local $/=undef; open FILE, $ENV{'PATCHTMP'}; $text=<FILE>;
+close FILE; $addr = $1 if $text =~ /Cc: (.*?(,\n .*?)*)\n/s; $addr =~ s/\n//g;
+print $addr;'`
+TO=`perl -e 'local $/=undef; open FILE, $ENV{'PATCHTMP'}; $text=<FILE>;
+close FILE; $addr = $1 if $text =~ /To: (.*?(,\n .*?)*)\n/s; $addr =~ s/\n//g;
+print $addr;'`
-CCS=`echo -e "$CMT_MSG\n$HEADERS" | sed -n -e 's/^Cc: \(.*\)$/\1,/gp' \
-       -e 's/^Signed-off-by: \(.*\)/\1,/gp'`
+rm -f ${PATCHTMP}
+# Change Subject: before next line according to Thunderbird language
+# for example to translate in Italian:
+# SUBJECT=`echo $SUBJECT | sed -e 's/^Subject:/Oggetto:/g'`
 echo "$SUBJECT" > $1
+# Change To: according to Thunderbird language
+echo "To: $TO" >> $1
 echo "Cc: $CCS" >> $1
-echo "$HEADERS" | sed -e '/^Subject: /d' -e '/^Cc: /d' >> $1
 echo "$SEP" >> $1
 echo "$CMT_MSG" >> $1
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