Branding patches with git and vim

In linux kernel development there are informal, and yet quite solid, conventions which apply when sharing patches and collaborating during the —public and undisclosed— phase of code peer-review.

As some of you may know, all the communications about kernel development happen via e-mail, and there are some tools to ease the task of preparing and sending patches; these tools allow some degree of customization, or “branding” like I am calling it in this case.

ao2 X-Face


git-commit with date in the past

When setting up the git repository for VRM I wanted to preserve the project development history, but I hadn't used any real VCS tool back then, I just used to make timed backups with a scheme like this:

$ ls -1