This command uploads a mailbox generated with git format-patch into an IMAP drafts folder. This allows patches to be sent as other email is when using mail clients that cannot read mailbox files directly. The command also works with any general mailbox in which emails have the fields "From", "Date", and "Subject" in that order.
Typical usage is something like:
git format-patch --signoff --stdout --attach origin | git imap-send
To use the tool, imap.folder and either imap.tunnel or imap.host must be set to appropriate values.
Using tunnel mode:
[imap] folder = "INBOX.Drafts" tunnel = "ssh -q -C firstname.lastname@example.org /usr/bin/imapd ./Maildir 2> /dev/null"
Using direct mode:
[imap] folder = "INBOX.Drafts" host = imap://imap.example.com user = bob pass = p4ssw0rd
Using direct mode with SSL:
[imap] folder = "INBOX.Drafts" host = imaps://imap.example.com user = bob pass = p4ssw0rd port = 123 sslverify = false
To submit patches using GMail's IMAP interface, first, edit your ~/.gitconfig to specify your account settings:
[imap] folder = "[Gmail]/Drafts" host = imaps://imap.gmail.com user = email@example.com port = 993 sslverify = false
You might need to instead use: folder = "[Google Mail]/Drafts" if you get an error that the "Folder doesn't exist".
Once the commits are ready to be sent, run the following command:
$ git format-patch --cover-letter -M --stdout origin/master | git imap-send
Just make sure to disable line wrapping in the email client (GMail's web interface will wrap lines no matter what, so you need to use a real IMAP client).
It is still your responsibility to make sure that the email message sent by your email program meets the standards of your project. Many projects do not like patches to be attached. Some mail agents will transform patches (e.g. wrap lines, send them as format=flowed) in ways that make them fail. You will get angry flames ridiculing you if you don't check this.
Thunderbird in particular is known to be problematic. Thunderbird users may wish to visit this web page for more information: m[blue]http://kb.mozillazine.org/Plain_text_e-mail_-_Thunderbird#Completely_plain_emailm
git-format-patch(1), git-send-email(1), mbox(5)
Part of the git(1) suite