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SubjectRe: email as a bona fide git transport
Hi Willy, Vegard.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 01:10:09PM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> Hi Vegard,
>
> On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 12:22:54PM +0200, Vegard Nossum wrote:
> > (cross-posted to git, LKML, and the kernel workflows mailing lists.)
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've been following Konstantin Ryabitsev's quest for better development
> > and communication tools for the kernel [1][2][3], and I would like to
> > propose a relatively straightforward idea which I think could bring a
> > lot to the table.
> >
> > Step 1:
> >
> > * git send-email needs to include parent SHA1s and generally all the
> > information needed to perfectly recreate the commit when applied so
> > that all the SHA1s remain the same
> >
> > * git am (or an alternative command) needs to recreate the commit
> > perfectly when applied, including applying it to the correct parent
> >
> > Having these two will allow a perfect mapping between email and git;
> > essentially email just becomes a transport for git. There are a lot of
> > advantages to this, particularly that you have a stable way to refer to
> > a patch or commit (despite it appearing on a mailing list), and there
> > is no need for "changeset IDs" or whatever, since you can just use the
> > git SHA1 which is unique, unambiguous, and stable.

I wonder if it'd be also possible to then embed gpg signatures over
send-mail payloads so as they can be transparently transferred to the
commit.

-Santiago
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