git-mailinfo - Extracts patch and authorship from a single e-mail message
git mailinfo [-k|-b] [-u | --encoding=<encoding> | -n] [--[no-]scissors] <msg> <patch>
Reads a single e-mail message from the standard input, and writes the commit log
message in <msg> file, and the patches in <patch> file. The author
name, e-mail and e-mail subject are written out to the standard output to be
used by git am
to create a commit. It is usually not necessary to use
this command directly. See git-am
Usually the program removes email cruft from
the Subject: header line to extract the title line for the commit log message.
This option prevents this munging, and is most useful when used to read back
git format-patch -k
Specifically, the following are removed until none of them remain:
•Leading and trailing whitespace.
•Leading Re:, re:, and
•Leading bracketed strings (between
[ and ], usually [PATCH]).
Finally, runs of whitespace are normalized to a single ASCII space
When -k is not in effect, all leading strings
bracketed with [ and ] pairs are stripped. This option limits
the stripping to only the pairs whose bracketed string contains the word
The commit log message, author name and author
email are taken from the e-mail, and after minimally decoding MIME transfer
encoding, re-coded in the charset specified by i18n.commitencoding (defaulting
to UTF-8) by transliterating them. This used to be optional but now it is the
Note that the patch is always used as-is without charset conversion, even with
Similar to -u. But when re-coding, the charset
specified here is used instead of the one specified by i18n.commitencoding or
Disable all charset re-coding of the
Copy the Message-ID header at the end of the
commit message. This is useful in order to associate commits with mailing list
Remove everything in body before a scissors
line. A line that mainly consists of scissors (either ">8" or
"8<") and perforation (dash "-") marks is called a
scissors line, and is used to request the reader to cut the message at that
line. If such a line appears in the body of the message before the patch,
everything before it (including the scissors line itself) is ignored when this
option is used.
This is useful if you want to begin your message in a discussion thread with
comments and suggestions on the message you are responding to, and to conclude
it with a patch submission, separating the discussion and the beginning of the
proposed commit log message with a scissors line.
This can be enabled by default with the configuration option
Ignore scissors lines. Useful for overriding
The commit log message extracted from e-mail,
usually except the title line which comes from e-mail Subject.
The patch extracted from e-mail.
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