Jeff King wrote:
How do you send the mails after they come out of format-patch?

I run a shell command like this (on Solaris 10):

/usr/lib/sendmail -ONoRecipientAction=add-to < 0001-whatever.patch

(The "NoRecipientAction" option pacifies the IANA MTA.)

This is an old machine not under my control, with an old 'git' installed that I don't use and don't particularly want to worry about porting to. I generate the patch file on a different machine with git 1.9.3, and scp it into the email-sending machine.

I suppose that I could work around the problem with this shell command:

(grep -q '^Mime-Version: ' 0001-whatever.patch ||
   printf '%s\n' \
     'MIME-Version: 1.0' \
     'Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8' \
     'Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit'
 cat 0001-whatever.patch) |
/usr/lib/sendmail -ONoRecipientAction=add-to

but that's less convenient.

I wonder if it would be enough to do:

  1. Always add a content-type header, even if the commit is utf-8 and
     contains only ascii characters.

That would help for my case, yes. We use only UTF-8, and to me it feelds weird that patches are mailed properly if the commit log contains non-ASCII characters, but don't work if the commit log is ASCII and the diff contains non-ASCII.
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