From: Gerrit Pape <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 20:27:21 +0000

Some email clients (e.g., claws-mail) display the message body
incorrectly when the charset is not defined explicitly in a
Content-Type header.  "git log" generates logs in UTF-8 encoding by
default, so add a Content-Type header declaring that encoding to
the emails the post-receive-email example hook sends.

[jn: also setting the Content-Transfer-Encoding so MTAs know what
 kind of mangling might be needed when sending to a non 8-bit clean
 SMTP host]

Requested-by: Alexander Gerasiov <>
Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <>
That's the end of the series.  Thanks for reading.

 contrib/hooks/post-receive-email | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email b/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
index ba93a0d8..8ee410f8 100755
--- a/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
+++ b/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email
@@ -242,6 +242,9 @@ generate_email_header()
        cat <<-EOF
        To: $recipients
        Subject: ${emailprefix}$projectdesc $refname_type $short_refname 
${change_type}d. $describe
+       MIME-Version: 1.0
+       Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
+       Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
        X-Git-Refname: $refname
        X-Git-Reftype: $refname_type
        X-Git-Oldrev: $oldrev

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