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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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