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Git and submitting patches to fix bugs

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Git and submitting patches to fix bugs
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:38:31 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (darwin)

For those who've not yet used this feature of Git, it's fairly easy to submit
patches to fix Emacs bugs. Let's take issue #21895 as an example:

    <In your Git clone of Emacs, hack on the bug until ready>

    git commit -a -m "Your description of the fix"
    git format-patch --to address@hidden HEAD^..
    git send-email --smtp-server=$SMTP *.patch

If you have an SMTP server on localhost, you may not need that argument. If
you have more commits than just one, use HEAD~<n>, where n is the number of
commits you want to submit. Or, if you fixed the bug in a local branch, use
"master..", or whichever branch you branched from.

On the developer side, who approves of and wants to apply the patch, save the
e-mail(s) to a file and use:

    git am <path to mbox file>

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