With Git, you can generate patch files and have git send the patches via Gmail through the command line. Patches are an excellent alternative to Github’s pull requests as it properly credits the author and committer.

To generate a patch:

git format-patch --cover-letter origin/master -o outgoing/

This command will create a patch file for each commit that does not exist in origin/master. It will create a “cover letter” that summarizes the changes. All of the files will be added to the “outgoing” directory.

To configure Git’s global send mail setting, use the following commands and substitute your information:

git config --global sendemail.from MacGruber <mac@gruber.com>
git config --global sendemail.smtpserver smtp.gmail.com
git config --global sendemail.smtpserverport 587
git config --global sendemail.smtpencryption tls
git config --global sendemail.smtpuser mac@gruber.com

With the SMTP setting added to the config, try sending an email.

git send-email outgoing/*

Answer the prompts for the recipient email address and to send the individual emails. If the emails send, your work is done. When I first set it up, I received the following error:

Can't locate Net/SMTP/SSL.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/local/Cellar/git/ /Library/Perl/5.12/darwin-thread-multi-2level /Library/Perl/5.12 /Network/Library/Perl/5.12/darwin-thread-multi-2level /Network/Library/Perl/5.12 /Library/Perl/Updates/5.12.4 /System/Library/Perl/5.12/darwin-thread-multi-2level /System/Library/Perl/5.12 /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.12/darwin-thread-multi-2level /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.12 .) at /usr/local/Cellar/git/ line 1165.

To fix this issue, I ran:

sudo -H cpan Net::SMTP::SSL

After running the git send-email command again, the patches were successfully emailed!