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Re: [PATCH v1] am: fix signoff when other trailers are present

On Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:49:28 -0700
Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > From: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > If there was no 'Signed-off-by:' trailer but another trailer such as
> > 'Reported-by:' then 'git am --signoff' would add a blank line between
> > the existing trailers and the added 'Signed-off-by:' line. e.g.
> >
> >     Rebase accepts '--rerere-autoupdate' as an option but only honors
> >     it if '-m' is also given. Fix it for a non-interactive rebase by
> >     passing on the option to 'git am' and 'git cherry-pick'.
> >
> >     Reported-by: Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx>
> >
> >     Signed-off-by: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Fix by using the code provided for this purpose in sequencer.c.
> > Change the tests so that they check the formatting of the
> > 'Signed-off-by:' lines rather than just grepping for them.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > I'm not sure if this should be calling ignore_non_trailer() or not -
> > git commit does but git cherry-pick does not. This follows commit and
> > cherry-pick in ignoring the value of trailer.ifExists for the signoff.
> > I'm a bit surprised they do that - is it correct?
> These built-in "sign-off" machinery long predates the "trailer"
> thing, so I am not surprised if they do not behave the same.  I
> vaguely recall having discussions on this earlier this year, but
> details escape me.  
> Asking Jonathan, who did a series that ends at 44dc738a ("sequencer:
> add newline before adding footers", 2017-04-26), and Christian, who
> is the original contirbutor to the "trailer" machinery, for input.

Regarding ignore_non_trailer(), I believe that's because "git commit"
wants to tolerate blank lines and comments after the "real" commit
message, whereas "git cherry-pick" doesn't need to. As far as I can
tell, this "git am" case is similar to "git cherry-pick".

Regarding trailer.ifExists, the then existing behavior was to refrain
from writing a new sign-off line only if it would be a duplicate of the
last one, regardless of trailer.ifExists (as Junio says, back then, the
sign-off mechanism and the trailer mechanism were independent). I
preserved that behavior.