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* [PATCH] manual: Add section on applying patches without public-inbox
@ 2020-09-21  4:58 Kyle Meyer
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From: Kyle Meyer @ 2020-09-21  4:58 UTC (permalink / raw)
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---
 piem.texi | 24 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/piem.texi b/piem.texi
index 1595b39..131ab44 100644
--- a/piem.texi
+++ b/piem.texi
@@ -1,6 +1,6 @@
 \input texinfo @c -*-texinfo-*-
 
-@set VERSION 0.1.0
+@set VERSION 0.2.0 (unreleased)
 
 @setfilename piem.info
 @documentencoding UTF-8
@@ -336,6 +336,28 @@ than identifying the thread based on the specified message ID.
 
 @end table
 
+@node Applying patches without a public-inbox archive
+@section Applying patches without a public-inbox archive
+
+Much of the functionality described in the previous sections can work
+even if messages aren't available in a public-inbox archive.
+@code{piem-am} and @code{piem-b4-am-from-mid} try to generate the
+am-ready mbox from a local source (e.g., via Notmuch or Gnus) before
+falling back to downloading the thread from a public-inbox archive.
+
+Note, however, that the @code{piem-notmuch} integration library is
+currently the only library that can generate an entire @emph{thread}
+from a given message ID.  As a result, if you're not a Notmuch user and
+are working with a project that doesn't have a public-inbox archive,
+you're unlikely to find the @code{piem-b4-am-from-mid} command useful.
+
+@cindex mailscripts
+Also, for those not working with public-inbox archives, it's worth
+checking out @url{https://git.spwhitton.name/mailscripts/,mailscripts},
+a nice set of Debian-focused tools by Sean Whitton that provides, among
+other things, functionality for applying patch series, including
+b4-inspired patch extraction.
+
 \f
 @node Injecting messages into a Maildir directory
 @chapter Injecting messages into a Maildir directory

base-commit: 7a98f40e99a1c06ef76e6c92694023c1d8309103
-- 
2.28.0


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