From: "Junio C Hamano" <>
Jonathan Nieder <> writes:

Philip Oakley wrote:

Historically (5 Nov 2005 v0.99.9-46-g28ffb89) the git-format-patch used 'origin' as the upstream branch name. This is now used to name the remote.
Use the more modern 'master' as the branch name.

Would 'origin/master' make sense?

It would make a lot more sense than 'master', I think.

The 'origin' will be DWIMmed to whatever the remote designated as

I'd rather not provide an example that requires extra understanding on behalf of the reader on the DWIMing, especially as the example doesn't actually match the guidance in gitrevisions(7) [2].

The synopsis says it should either be a single commit <since>, or a <revision range>, the latter specified via gitrevisions(7), so theirs already an opportunity for confusion, but I take your point.

its primary branch, i.e. refs/remotes/origin/HEAD, and the
assumption the examples in question makes is that the user is
following along the simplest workflow to fork from it and upstream
her changes.  Between 'origin' and 'origin/master', there isn't much
difference because of it.  In the same spirit of following the
simplest workflow, that primary branch is likely to be their
'master', so 'origin/master' is OK but longer than 'origin' [*1*].

which suggests that maybe the example text should clarify any assumprion like that..

On the other hand, 'master' names the local 'master', which may be
very stale with respect to 'origin/master', or may have tons of
unrelated things that are not in origin/master, some of which may
have come from the branch the user is running format-patch to grab
patches to upstream.  For this reason, changing 'origin' to 'master'
is not an improvement at all, I would have to say.

I didn't see it that way, my view (presumption?) of the workflow was that the user had a branch 'current' which they had branched from their 'master', thus the updated command felt natural.

We could further adjust the underlying assumption to more modern
"checkout -t -b" era, and use "format-patch @{u}", but I suspect
that the readers of these examples are not yet ready for magic
before the basics to spell out things more explicitly is covered.



*1* Also using 'origin' will cover the case when the primary branch
at the remote were not named 'master', so in that sense it is
slightly better and more generally applicable.

[2] the DWIMs listed in the <refname> example of gitrevisions(7), to the niave reader, needs to be ref/ prefixed, which isn't what we'd hope (assuming they ever read it ;-).
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at

Reply via email to