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authorNanako Shiraishi <>2009-08-25 08:20:00 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2009-08-27 05:21:33 (GMT)
commitf43c97f5720f48598e59629f7dc9892d082d8b0e (patch)
treefbafbe95e424f79db599a52f5fb48dfb702dbf52 /Documentation/git-am.txt
parent200c75f0d6c83039c201ec6784e4ef3fb95f8fcf (diff)
Documentation: describe the scissors mark support of "git am"
Describe what a scissors mark looks like, and explain in what situation it is often used. Signed-off-by: Nanako Shiraishi <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -128,10 +128,18 @@ the commit, after stripping common prefix "[PATCH <anything>]".
The "Subject: " line is supposed to concisely describe what the
commit is about in one line of text.
-"From: " and "Subject: " lines starting the body (the rest of the
-message after the blank line terminating the RFC2822 headers)
-override the respective commit author name and title values taken
-from the headers.
+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. 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.
+"From: " and "Subject: " lines starting the body override the respective
+commit author name and title values taken from the headers.
The commit message is formed by the title taken from the
"Subject: ", a blank line and the body of the message up to