On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM, Jeff King <p...@peff.net> wrote:
> Format-patch generates emails with the "From" address set to
> the author of each patch. If you are going to send the
> emails, however, you would want to replace the author
> identity with yours (if they are not the same), and bump the
> author identity to an in-body header.
> Normally this is handled by git-send-email, which does the
> transformation before sending out the emails. However, some
> workflows may not use send-email (e.g., imap-send, or a
> custom script which feeds the mbox to a non-git MUA). They
> could each implement this feature themselves, but getting it
> right is non-trivial (one most canonicalize the identities


> by reversing any RFC2047 encoding or RFC822 quoting of the
> headers, which has caused many bugs in send-email over the
> years).
> This patch takes a different approach: it teaches
> format-patch a "--from" option which handles the ident
> check and in-body header while it is writing out the email.
> It's much simpler to do at this level (because we haven't
> done any quoting yet), and any workflow based on
> format-patch can easily turn it on.
> Signed-off-by: Jeff King <p...@peff.net>
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