Chris Hiestand <> writes:

> My email in April went unanswered so I'm resending it. An Auto-Submitted 
> header
> would be an improvement to the standard [git] post receive email.
> Thanks,
> Chris
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Chris Hiestand <>
>> Subject: [PATCH] Add Auto-Submitted header to post-receive-email
>> Date: April 14, 2012 6:15:10 PM PDT
>> To:,
>> Hi,
>> I think the Auto-Submitted header is a useful hook mail header to include by 
>> default.
>> This conforms to RFC3834 and is useful in preventing e.g. vacation 
>> auto-responders
>> from replying by default.
>> Perhaps you have already considered this and decided not to include it, but 
>> I found
>> no record of such a conversation on this list.

I think the lack of response is generally lack of interest, and the
primary reason for that was because the To/Cc list did not contain
anybody who touched this particular file in the past (and no, I am
not among them; as contrib/README says, I am often the wrong person
to ask if a patch to contrib/ material makes sense).

>> From 358fc3ae1ebfd7723d54e4033d3e9a9a0322c873 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>> From: Chris Hiestand <>
>> Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:58:39 -0700
>> Subject: [PATCH] Add Auto-Submitted header to post-receive-email

These four lines should not be in the body of the e-mail message
(see Documentation/SubmittingPatches).

>> Adds Auto-Submitted: auto-generated to post-receive-email header
>> This conforms to RFC3834 and is useful in preventing eg
>> vacation auto-responders from replying by default
>> ---
>> contrib/hooks/post-receive-email |    1 +
>> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

Even for contrib/ material, please always sign-off your patch (see

>> diff --git a/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email 
>> b/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
>> index 01af9df..282507c 100755
>> --- a/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
>> +++ b/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
>> @@ -237,6 +237,7 @@ generate_email_header()
>>      X-Git-Reftype: $refname_type
>>      X-Git-Oldrev: $oldrev
>>      X-Git-Newrev: $newrev
>> +    Auto-Submitted: auto-generated
>>      This is an automated email from the git hooks/post-receive script. It 
>> was
>>      generated because a ref change was pushed to the repository containing

I think the choice of "auto-generated" is a sensible one, as
responding to a 'push' is like triggered by 'cron'.

I'd however appreciate comments from people who either worked on
this code or list regulars who actually use this code in the

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