GIT-MAILINFO(1) Git Manual GIT-MAILINFO(1)
git-mailinfo - Extracts patch and authorship from a single e-mail
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(1) instead.
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 output.
Specifically, the following are removed until none of them remain:
o Leading and trailing whitespace.
o Leading Re:, re:, and :.
o 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 "PATCH".
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 default.
Note that the patch is always used as-is without charset
conversion, even with this flag.
Similar to -u. But when re-coding, the charset specified here is
used instead of the one specified by i18n.commitencoding or UTF-8.
Disable all charset re-coding of the metadata.
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
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 mailinfo.scissors
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.
Part of the git(1) suite
Git 2.14.2 09/26/2017 GIT-MAILINFO(1)