Extracts patch and authorship from a single e -mail message


gitmailinfo [ -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 gitam to create a commit . It is usually not necessary to use this command directly . See git-am (1)instead .


-k 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 gitformat -patch -k output .

Specifically, the following are removed until none of them remain:
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 Leading and trailing whitespace .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 Leading Re: , re: ,and : .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 Leading bracketed strings (between [ and ] ,usually [PATCH] ).
Finally, runs of whitespace are normalized to a single ASCII space character .

-b 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" .

-u 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 .

--encoding=<encoding> Similar to -u . But when re -coding, the charset specified here is used instead of the one specified by i18n .commitencoding or UTF -8 .

-n Disable all charset re -coding of the metadata .

-m, --message -id Copy the Message -ID header at the end of the commit message . This is useful in order to associate commits with mailing list discussions .

--scissors 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 used .
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 mailinfo .scissors .

--no -scissors Ignore scissors lines . Useful for overriding mailinfo .scissors settings .

<msg> The commit log message extracted from e -mail, usually except the title line which comes from e -mail Subject .

<patch> The patch extracted from e -mail .


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