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NAME

       git-imap-send - Send a collection of patches from stdin to an IMAP folder

SYNOPSIS

       git imap-send [-v] [-q] [--[no-]curl]

DESCRIPTION

       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

OPTIONS

       -v, --verbose
           Be verbose.

       -q, --quiet
           Be quiet.

       --curl
           Use libcurl to communicate with the IMAP server, unless tunneling into it. Ignored if
           Git was built without the USE_CURL_FOR_IMAP_SEND option set.

       --no-curl
           Talk to the IMAP server using git’s own IMAP routines instead of using libcurl.
           Ignored if Git was built with the NO_OPENSSL option set.

CONFIGURATION

       To use the tool, imap.folder and either imap.tunnel or imap.host must be set to
       appropriate values.

   Variables
       imap.folder
           The folder to drop the mails into, which is typically the Drafts folder. For example:
           "INBOX.Drafts", "INBOX/Drafts" or "[Gmail]/Drafts". Required.

       imap.tunnel
           Command used to setup a tunnel to the IMAP server through which commands will be piped
           instead of using a direct network connection to the server. Required when imap.host is
           not set.

       imap.host
           A URL identifying the server. Use an imap:// prefix for non-secure connections and an
           imaps:// prefix for secure connections. Ignored when imap.tunnel is set, but required
           otherwise.

       imap.user
           The username to use when logging in to the server.

       imap.pass
           The password to use when logging in to the server.

       imap.port
           An integer port number to connect to on the server. Defaults to 143 for imap:// hosts
           and 993 for imaps:// hosts. Ignored when imap.tunnel is set.

       imap.sslverify
           A boolean to enable/disable verification of the server certificate used by the SSL/TLS
           connection. Default is true. Ignored when imap.tunnel is set.

       imap.preformattedHTML
           A boolean to enable/disable the use of html encoding when sending a patch. An html
           encoded patch will be bracketed with <pre> and have a content type of text/html.
           Ironically, enabling this option causes Thunderbird to send the patch as a plain/text,
           format=fixed email. Default is false.

       imap.authMethod
           Specify authenticate method for authentication with IMAP server. If Git was built with
           the NO_CURL option, or if your curl version is older than 7.34.0, or if you’re running
           git-imap-send with the --no-curl option, the only supported method is CRAM-MD5. If
           this is not set then git imap-send uses the basic IMAP plaintext LOGIN command.

   Examples
       Using tunnel mode:

           [imap]
               folder = "INBOX.Drafts"
               tunnel = "ssh -q -C user@example.com /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

EXAMPLES

       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 = user@gmail.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).

CAUTION

       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:
       http://kb.mozillazine.org/Plain_text_e-mail_-_Thunderbird#Completely_plain_email

SEE ALSO

       git-format-patch(1), git-send-email(1), mbox(5)

GIT

       Part of the git(1) suite