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From: Firmin Martin <firminmartin24@gmail.com>
To: Denton Liu <liu.denton@gmail.com>,
	Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras@gmail.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>,
	Jeff King <peff@peff.net>,
	Johannes Schindelin <johannes.schindelin@gmail.com>,
	Erik Faye-Lund <kusmabite@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1 0/8] format-patch: introduce --confirm-overwrite
Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 03:09:21 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87tunaf54u.fsf@Inspiron.i-did-not-set--mail-host-address--so-tickle-me> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YJUAmUJiHmJRQBMj@generichostname>

Hi Denton,

Denton Liu <liu.denton@gmail.com> writes:

> Hi Felipe,
>
> On Thu, May 06, 2021 at 08:46:16PM -0500, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>> Firmin Martin wrote:
>> > Currently, git-format-patch, along with the option --cover-letter,
>> > unconditionally overwrites a cover letter with the same name (if
>> > present). Although this is a desired behaviour for patches which are
>> > auto-generated from Git commits log, it might not be the case for a
>> > cover letter whose the content is meticulously written manually.
>> 
>> This is one of the reasons I never use git format-patch directly, but I
>> use a tool on top: git send-series[1].
>
> It seems like everyone has written some sort of tooling on top of
> format-patch at this point. Taking a cursory look at your tool, perhaps
> a feature like `--previous-cover-letter <file>` might provide most of
> the functionality that most tooling that I've seen gives.

This is a good idea. We can default <file> to the target cover letter
(e.g., if -v2 is passed, v2-0000-cover-letter.patch or if
--numbered-files is passed, 0) if present, or the previous series' cover
letter.

> Perhaps this option could parse a cover letter from a previous version
> of a patch and use it to populate the next version number, In-Reply-To,
> cover letter subject/body, To/Cc lists and maybe more.

Absolutely.

> I think that extracting the information would be pretty easy but
> designing the UI it in a non-obtuse way would be pretty challenging.
>
>> It would be nice if git format-patch grabbed the text of the body from
>> somewhere, and even better if git branch learned --edit-cover-letter.
>
> Well, you're in luck! I wanted the same thing a couple of years back so
> I implemented the --cover-from-description option[0]. It allows the cover
> letter to be populated by the text given in
> `git branch --edit-description`.

This is the reason I CCed you!

Thanks for your comment,

Firmin


>
> -Denton
>
> [0]: https://git-scm.com/docs/git-format-patch#Documentation/git-format-patch.txt---cover-from-descriptionltmodegt

  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-11  1:09 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 34+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-06 16:50 Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:50 ` [PATCH v1 1/8] compat/terminal: let prompt accept input from pipe Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 23:37   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-07  4:54     ` Jeff King
2021-05-07  5:25       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-10  4:18       ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-10 21:32         ` Jeff King
2021-05-11  3:38           ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-11  6:10             ` Jeff King
2021-05-11  6:17               ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-11  6:37                 ` Jeff King
2021-05-06 16:50 ` [PATCH v1 2/8] format-patch: confirmation whenever patches exist Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 23:48   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-10  3:30     ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-10  7:32       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-11  3:17         ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:50 ` [PATCH v1 3/8] format-patch: add config option confirmOverwrite Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:50 ` [PATCH v1 4/8] format-patch: add the option --confirm-overwrite Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:50 ` [PATCH v1 5/8] t4014: test patches overwrite confirmation Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:51 ` [PATCH v1 6/8] t4014: fix tests overwriting cover letter in silent Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:51 ` [PATCH v1 7/8] doc/format-patch: describe --confirm-overwrite Firmin Martin
2021-05-07  3:32   ` Bagas Sanjaya
2021-05-10  4:22     ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 16:51 ` [PATCH v1 8/8] config/format: describe format.confirmOverwrite Firmin Martin
2021-05-06 22:33 ` [PATCH v1 0/8] format-patch: introduce --confirm-overwrite Junio C Hamano
2021-05-11  0:18   ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-07  1:46 ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-07  8:55   ` Denton Liu
2021-05-11  1:09     ` Firmin Martin [this message]
2021-05-11  5:12       ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-11  5:03     ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-07 14:02   ` Sergey Organov
2021-05-11  0:46   ` Firmin Martin
2021-05-10 12:02 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason

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