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authorJunio C Hamano <>2007-03-24 10:08:54 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-03-24 10:08:54 (GMT)
commit2499857b0b5c1801da659e8bff976c1e038f3f3f (patch)
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git-am documentation: describe what is taken from where.
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -87,6 +87,33 @@ default. You could use `--no-utf8` to override this.
+The commit author name is taken from the "From: " line of the
+message, and commit author time is taken from the "Date: " line
+of the message. The "Subject: " line is used as the title of
+the commit, after stripping common prefix "[PATCH <anything>]".
+It is supposed to describe what the commit is about concisely as
+a one line text.
+The body of the message (iow, after a blank line that terminates
+RFC2822 headers) can begin with "Subject: " and "From: " lines
+that are different from those of the mail header, to override
+the values of these fields.
+The commit message is formed by the title taken from the
+"Subject: ", a blank line and the body of the message up to
+where the patch begins. Excess whitespaces at the end of the
+lines are automatically stripped.
+The patch is expected to be inline, directly following the
+message. Any line that is of form:
+* three-dashes and end-of-line, or
+* a line that begins with "diff -", or
+* a line that begins with "Index: "
+is taken as the beginning of a patch, and the commit log message
+is terminated before the first occurrence of such a line.
When initially invoking it, you give it names of the mailboxes
to crunch. Upon seeing the first patch that does not apply, it
aborts in the middle, just like 'git-applymbox' does. You can