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Re: [PATCH] format-patch: use raw format for notes

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 10:33:37AM -0700, Stefan Beller wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 9:27 PM, Sam Bobroff <sam.bobroff@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > (If only there were a way to set the coverletter text automatically as
> > well...)
> >
> Checkout branch.<name>.description

AH! I had seen this section of the format-patch man page...

           In addition to the patches, generate a cover letter file containing the branch description, shortlog and the overall diffstat. You can fill in a description in the file before
           sending it out.

... but I didn't realize that it meant that it would insert the text
from branch.<name>.description into the cover letter. Perhaps there
should be a hint to point you to the branch.<name>.description section
of "git config"?

Also, it's not very useful for automating patch submission, as it
doesn't set the subject line or remove the "*** BLURB HERE ***" marker,
so it must still be post-processed.

(To be honest, I was surprised that it didn't use first line as the
subject and leave out the markers.)