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SubjectRe: stripping [PATCH] without losing later tags from mailed patches (Re: [ 02/12] Remove COMPAT_IA32 support)
[+cc Junio because of backwards-compat issues]

Willy Tarreau <> writes:

> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 08:20:04AM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
>> I don't see a -b option to 'git am' in the manpage, am I missing
>> something here?
> It's in the master tree only right now, and the option is "--keep-non-patch"
> (could have been shorter). Currently rebuilding to test it :-)


The problem with -b is that it's a backwards-compatibility shorthand for
--binary, which used to pass --allow-binary-replacement (or --binary) to
git-apply. However, that option was obsoleted in 2b6eef9 (Make apply
--binary a no-op., 2006-09-06) and has been a no-op for over 5 years.
It has also not been documented since cb3a160 (git-am: ignore --binary
option, 2008-08-09).

So perhaps we can safely claim -b for --keep-non-patch, like so:

diff --git i/Documentation/git-am.txt w/Documentation/git-am.txt
index ee6cca2..9ec9313 100644
--- i/Documentation/git-am.txt
+++ w/Documentation/git-am.txt
@@ -40,6 +40,7 @@ OPTIONS
Pass `-k` flag to 'git mailinfo' (see linkgit:git-mailinfo[1]).

Pass `-b` flag to 'git mailinfo' (see linkgit:git-mailinfo[1]).

diff --git i/ w/
index 0bd290b..4b071de 100755
--- i/
+++ w/
@@ -9,13 +9,13 @@ git am [options] [(<mbox>|<Maildir>)...]
git am [options] (--resolved | --skip | --abort)
i,interactive run interactively
-b,binary* (historical option -- no-op)
+binary* (historical option -- no-op)
3,3way allow fall back on 3way merging if needed
q,quiet be quiet
s,signoff add a Signed-off-by line to the commit message
u,utf8 recode into utf8 (default)
k,keep pass -k flag to git-mailinfo
-keep-non-patch pass -b flag to git-mailinfo
+b,keep-non-patch pass -b flag to git-mailinfo
keep-cr pass --keep-cr flag to git-mailsplit for mbox format
no-keep-cr do not pass --keep-cr flag to git-mailsplit independent of am.keepcr
c,scissors strip everything before a scissors line
@@ -379,7 +379,7 @@ do
case "$1" in
interactive=t ;;
- -b|--binary)
+ --binary)
: ;;
threeway=t ;;
@@ -391,7 +391,7 @@ do
utf8= ;;
keep=t ;;
- --keep-non-patch)
+ -b|--keep-non-patch)
keep=b ;;
scissors=t ;;
Thomas Rast

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