Using the From: address specified in the body

Guilherme Salgado guilherme.salgado at
Fri Mar 18 09:06:17 EST 2011

On Wed, 2011-03-16 at 13:50 -0300, Mauro Carvalho Chehab wrote:
> Em 16-03-2011 11:03, Guilherme Salgado escreveu:
> > Hi there,
> > 
> > I see that some emails with patches have a From: field in the body[1],
> > and I'm wondering if there's any reason for not using that (when
> > available, of course) as the patch submitter.  Well, now that I think of
> > it, one could argue that the submitter is whoever sent the email, but
> > maybe it would be useful to have a 'author' field on Patch so that we
> > can properly represent cases where submitter != author?
> When I apply patches, I prefer to have both information, as it is
> currently provided. The scripts I use to apply patches detect when a
> patch has more than one "From" and allow me to solve (in a matter of fact,
> my scripts _force_ me to solve the dual "From" conflict).
> It seems risky to me to let patchwork to automatically change the patch
> submitter, especially since, sometimes, patch description could have a
> "From:" that may not be the patch author.
> For example, I've seem a few patches that have email references. It would
> not be impossible to see a "From: " or "Author: " in the middle of such
> references.

That's a good point, but I think we could avoid that if we were
conservative and just used a 'From:' when it's at the beginning of a
line and that line is before the beginning of the diff.  However, I kind
of think it'd be better to store that information in a separate field,
and if we do that it wouldn't be that big a deal if patchwork gets it
wrong as it's not overwriting anything.

Guilherme Salgado <>
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