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
Specifically, the following are removed until none of them
•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
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
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
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 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
Ignore scissors lines. Useful for overriding
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.