"Philip Oakley" <philipoak...@iee.org> writes:

> [a user confusion report]
> I was updating my patch series manually aand made a mistake, so the
> series didn't apply properly. However the error message confused me.
>    ...
>    Applying: Doc clean: add See Also links
>    fatal: corrupt patch at line 17
>    Patch failed at 0008 Doc clean: add See Also links
>    When you have resolved this problem run "git am --resolved".
>    ...
> In my case I resolved the _patch_ error, and then expected that doing
> the 'git am --resolved' would try to re-apply the patch and continue
> happily - I had checked that the status was clean - but it didn't.

I recall we went back and forth before settling to the current
wording.  The "have resolved this problem" in that sentence wants to
say "The underlying 'apply --index' did not manage to update the
working tree and the index to the state a perfect patch would have
updated, so please help me by doing so yourself".

When it did not apply (i.e. not "conflicted when run as 'am -3'"),
an alternative is to edit $GIT_DIR/rebase-apply/patch to make it
applicable, and say "git am" again _without_ "--resolved".  But that
is not what the message is suggesting.
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