git‐mailinfo − Extracts patch and authorship from a single
e−mail message

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:

      •   Leading and trailing whitespace.

      •   Leading Re:, re:, and :.

      •   Leading bracketed strings (between [ and ],
          usually [PATCH]).

     Finally, runs of whitespace are normalized to a single
     ASCII space character.

     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.

     −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.

     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.

     Ignore scissors lines. Useful for overriding
     mailinfo.scissors settings.

     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