RFE: download patch between arbitrary revisions
john at keeping.me.uk
Fri Jun 14 00:21:26 CEST 2013
On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:58:10PM +0200, Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 07:49:53PM +0100, John Keeping wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 02, 2013 at 09:19:11PM -0400, Konstantin Ryabitsev wrote:
> > > There is currently a way to render a diff between two arbitrary objects,
> > > e.g.:
> > >
> > > https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/diff/?id=v3.10-rc4&id2=v3.10-rc3
> > >
> > > However, there doesn't appear to be a way to download a patch in the
> > > same way -- it will only make patch against id's parent. E.g.:
> > >
> > > https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/patch/?id=v3.10-rc4&id2=v3.10-rc3
> > >
> > > Any way we can make the behaviour of patch match that of diff?
> > I had a quick look at this and changing the patch output is really easy,
> > but the top of the output is now completely wrong since it displays the
> > message from the "id" commit. I'm not sure what to do about this;
> > clearly it is useful to be able to get the patch output between two
> > arbitrary points in a raw format (not HTML) but I don't know what to do
> > about the commit message and headers. Perhaps we can do something like:
> > if "id2" is specified:
> > print shortlog output
> > else:
> > do what we currently do
> > but I don't know how much code would be needed for that.
> Well, the problem, obviously, is that we are currently using
> git-format-patch(1)-style patches for single commits. There are three
> possible solutions that come into my mind:
> 1. Use a plain diff for multiple patches (like `git diff HEAD~10..`).
> 2. Create a patch for a squash commit (like `git merge --squash`
> followed by `git format-patch`). Basically what John suggested above.
> 3. Create a bunch of `git am` compatible patches (like `git format-patch
> --stdout HEAD~10..`).
> I personally think that it might be best to create a new parameter (or
> an entirely new URL) to switch between creating plain diffs (see 1) and
> git-format-patch(1)-like patches (see 3). That way, we would be able to
> provide both patches that mirror exactly what is in the repos and simple
> patches that summarize a couple of commits.
Sounds sensible. How about making "patch" do the "format-patch
--stdout" behaviour and add a new "raw diff" command that just shows the
generates something like "git format-patch v1.8.3..v220.127.116.11". And
generates the diff with no HTML around it.
The latter could be a query parameter instead ("raw=1"?). Having not
investigated the impact on the code, I have no preference for one over
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