git-patch-id - Compute unique ID for a patch
git patch-id [--stable | --unstable]
Read a patch from the standard input and compute the patch ID for it.
A "patch ID" is nothing but a sum of SHA-1 of the file
diffs associated with a patch, with whitespace and line numbers ignored. As
such, it’s "reasonably stable", but at the same time also
reasonably unique, i.e., two patches that have the same "patch ID"
are almost guaranteed to be the same thing.
IOW, you can use this thing to look for likely duplicate
When dealing with git diff-tree output, it takes advantage
of the fact that the patch is prefixed with the object name of the commit,
and outputs two 40-byte hexadecimal strings. The first string is the patch
ID, and the second string is the commit ID. This can be used to make a
mapping from patch ID to commit ID.
Use a "stable" sum of hashes as the patch ID.
With this option:
•Reordering file diffs that make up a patch does
not affect the ID. In particular, two patches produced by comparing the same
two trees with two different settings for "-O<orderfile>"
result in the same patch ID signature, thereby allowing the computed result to
be used as a key to index some meta-information about the change between the
•Result is different from the value produced by
git 1.9 and older or produced when an "unstable" hash (see
--unstable below) is configured - even when used on a diff output taken
without any use of "-O<orderfile>", thereby making existing
databases storing such "unstable" or historical patch-ids unusable.
This is the default if patchid.stable is set to true.
Use an "unstable" hash as the patch ID. With
this option, the result produced is compatible with the patch-id value
produced by git 1.9 and older. Users with pre-existing databases storing
patch-ids produced by git 1.9 and older (who do not deal with reordered
patches) may want to use this option.