Using "From" to start commit message

Thierry Reding thierry.reding at
Wed Mar 19 07:02:06 EST 2014


I've noticed something strange happening when a commit message starts
with the word "From". When downloading the commit as mbox, I see that
the line is "escaped" using a '>' character, which causes git am to
ignore the line.

This can be seen in the following patch for example:

I'm not familiar with the internals of patchwork, but I would expect
this to be perfectly legal in a commit message. I could imagine that
to be special treatment for From lines in mailboxes, but that should
not apply to the text in commit messages.

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