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authorChristian Couder <>2020-07-10 16:47:37 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2020-07-10 20:15:42 (GMT)
commit9fcc9caf368aa1fb9ecc68c64b8918d82a637cdb (patch)
treef1ce00f865ff95714b2f3881f90e739829917af8 /Documentation/git-for-each-ref.txt
parent4a0fcf9f760c9774be77f51e1e88a7499b53d2e2 (diff)
Documentation: clarify %(contents:XXXX) doc
Let's avoid a big dense paragraph by using an unordered list for the %(contents:XXXX) format specifiers. While at it let's also make the following improvements: - Let's not describe %(contents) using "complete message" as it's not clear what an incomplete message is. - Let's improve how the "subject" and "body" are described. - Let's state that "signature" is only available for tag objects. Suggested-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Christian Couder <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -232,12 +232,24 @@ Fields that have name-email-date tuple as its value (`author`,
`committer`, and `tagger`) can be suffixed with `name`, `email`,
and `date` to extract the named component.
-The complete message in a commit and tag object is `contents`.
-Its first line is `contents:subject`, where subject is the concatenation
-of all lines of the commit message up to the first blank line. The next
-line is `contents:body`, where body is all of the lines after the first
-blank line. The optional GPG signature is `contents:signature`. The
-first `N` lines of the message is obtained using `contents:lines=N`.
+The message in a commit or a tag object is `contents`, from which
+`contents:<part>` can be used to extract various parts out of:
+ The first paragraph of the message, which typically is a
+ single line, is taken as the "subject" of the commit or the
+ tag message.
+ The remainder of the commit or the tag message that follows
+ the "subject".
+ The optional GPG signature of the tag.
+ The first `N` lines of the message.
Additionally, the trailers as interpreted by linkgit:git-interpret-trailers[1]
are obtained as `trailers` (or by using the historical alias
`contents:trailers`). Non-trailer lines from the trailer block can be omitted