Merging patches

martin f krafft madduck at
Thu Feb 11 09:51:05 EST 2010

also sprach Mauro Carvalho Chehab <mchehab at> [2010.02.10.2344 +1300]:
> > So detecting this relation automatically is kinda difficult,
> > based only on the threading info.
> If the follow-up patch has the in-reply-to, you can use the patch
> sequence number to identify two unrelated patches on the same
> series (btw, it would be great to store the patch sequence number
> on a series and consider it when ordering patches). Also, if the
> in-reply-to were generated against a "patch 0", all the patches on
> the series will refer to the same message that weren't stored. It
> shouldn't be hard to catch this.

I don't think it's wise to rely on the series numbering in the
subject, which is simply a convention and not really a standard.

However, assuming we could identify a patch series, wouldn't it make
sense to automatically create a bundle?

> For a replacement patch, you may try to use an algorithm like what
> -git does: get only the diff and compare the previous and the new
> version. If they are very close, you may consider the reply as
> a replacement.

How does Git do this?

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