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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Brandon Richardson <>
Cc: Git Mailing List <>,
Subject: Re: format-patch: "magic" mbox timestamp
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:13:54 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Brandon Richardson's message of "Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:54:47 -0400")

Brandon Richardson <> writes:

> Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm assuming the "UNIX mailbox
> format" referenced in the docs refers to the mbox database format
> described in appendix A of RFC-4155. If so, since we use a commit id
> in place of the sender email address, would that itself be sufficient
> to indicate that the output isn't from a real mailbox? A commit id
> will never match the addr-spec in RFC-2822, so I figure that anyone
> looking at `format-patch` output could safely assume that it did not
> originate from a mailbox.

I vaguely recall that it was possible for the "From" line that
begins each message in a UNIX mbox had a local sender without "@",
so it would be a bit wider than addr-spec and a string of raw
hexadecimal digits would not sufficiently "strange" enough to serve
as a "magic" identifier.

      parent reply	other threads:[~2020-11-10 23:14 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-10 21:54 format-patch: "magic" mbox timestamp Brandon Richardson
2020-11-10 23:12 ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-11-10 23:22   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-10 23:13 ` Junio C Hamano [this message]

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