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authorRaymond E. Pasco <>2020-08-20 23:10:51 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2020-08-20 23:34:37 (GMT)
commitd064702be39d974d0eee403f4fbae92f8f0534a7 (patch)
tree408cbd7ce1091380ed64f6b08b46f0bc39a1d610 /Documentation/git-apply.txt
parent47ae905ffb98cc4d4fd90083da6bc8dab55d9ecc (diff)
git-apply.txt: update descriptions of --cached, --index
The blurb for "--cached" says it implies "--index", but in reality "--cached" and "--index" are distinct modes with different behavior. Additionally, the descriptions of "--index" and "--cached" are somewhat unclear about what might be modified, and what "--index" looks for to determine that the index and working copy "match". Rewrite the blurbs for both options for clarity and accuracy. Signed-off-by: Raymond E. Pasco <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-apply.txt b/Documentation/git-apply.txt
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@@ -61,18 +61,18 @@ OPTIONS
file and detects errors. Turns off "apply".
- When `--check` is in effect, or when applying the patch
- (which is the default when none of the options that
- disables it is in effect), make sure the patch is
- applicable to what the current index file records. If
- the file to be patched in the working tree is not
- up to date, it is flagged as an error. This flag also
- causes the index file to be updated.
+ Apply the patch to both the index and the working tree (or
+ merely check that it would apply cleanly to both if `--check` is
+ in effect). Note that `--index` expects index entries and
+ working tree copies for relevant paths to be identical (their
+ contents and metadata such as file mode must match), and will
+ raise an error if they are not, even if the patch would apply
+ cleanly to both the index and the working tree in isolation.
- Apply a patch without touching the working tree. Instead take the
- cached data, apply the patch, and store the result in the index
- without using the working tree. This implies `--index`.
+ Apply the patch to just the index, without touching the working
+ tree. If `--check` is in effect, merely check that it would
+ apply cleanly to the index entry.
When applying the patch only to the working tree, mark new