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1 git-notes(1)
2 ============
5 ----
6 git-notes - Add or inspect object notes
9 --------
10 [verse]
11 'git notes' [list [<object>]]
12 'git notes' add [-f] [--allow-empty] [-F <file> | -m <msg> | (-c | -C) <object>] [<object>]
13 'git notes' copy [-f] ( --stdin | <from-object> <to-object> )
14 'git notes' append [--allow-empty] [-F <file> | -m <msg> | (-c | -C) <object>] [<object>]
15 'git notes' edit [--allow-empty] [<object>]
16 'git notes' show [<object>]
17 'git notes' merge [-v | -q] [-s <strategy> ] <notes-ref>
18 'git notes' merge --commit [-v | -q]
19 'git notes' merge --abort [-v | -q]
20 'git notes' remove [--ignore-missing] [--stdin] [<object>...]
21 'git notes' prune [-n | -v]
22 'git notes' get-ref
26 -----------
27 Adds, removes, or reads notes attached to objects, without touching
28 the objects themselves.
30 By default, notes are saved to and read from `refs/notes/commits`, but
31 this default can be overridden. See the OPTIONS, CONFIGURATION, and
32 ENVIRONMENT sections below. If this ref does not exist, it will be
33 quietly created when it is first needed to store a note.
35 A typical use of notes is to supplement a commit message without
36 changing the commit itself. Notes can be shown by 'git log' along with
37 the original commit message. To distinguish these notes from the
38 message stored in the commit object, the notes are indented like the
39 message, after an unindented line saying "Notes (<refname>):" (or
40 "Notes:" for `refs/notes/commits`).
42 Notes can also be added to patches prepared with `git format-patch` by
43 using the `--notes` option. Such notes are added as a patch commentary
44 after a three dash separator line.
46 To change which notes are shown by 'git log', see the
47 "notes.displayRef" configuration in linkgit:git-log[1].
49 See the "notes.rewrite.<command>" configuration for a way to carry
50 notes across commands that rewrite commits.
54 -----------
56 list::
57 List the notes object for a given object. If no object is
58 given, show a list of all note objects and the objects they
59 annotate (in the format "<note object> <annotated object>").
60 This is the default subcommand if no subcommand is given.
62 add::
63 Add notes for a given object (defaults to HEAD). Abort if the
64 object already has notes (use `-f` to overwrite existing notes).
65 However, if you're using `add` interactively (using an editor
66 to supply the notes contents), then - instead of aborting -
67 the existing notes will be opened in the editor (like the `edit`
68 subcommand).
70 copy::
71 Copy the notes for the first object onto the second object.
72 Abort if the second object already has notes, or if the first
73 object has none (use -f to overwrite existing notes to the
74 second object). This subcommand is equivalent to:
75 `git notes add [-f] -C $(git notes list <from-object>) <to-object>`
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77 In `--stdin` mode, take lines in the format
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79 ----------
80 <from-object> SP <to-object> [ SP <rest> ] LF
81 ----------
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83 on standard input, and copy the notes from each <from-object> to its
84 corresponding <to-object>. (The optional `<rest>` is ignored so that
85 the command can read the input given to the `post-rewrite` hook.)
87 append::
88 Append to the notes of an existing object (defaults to HEAD).
89 Creates a new notes object if needed.
91 edit::
92 Edit the notes for a given object (defaults to HEAD).
94 show::
95 Show the notes for a given object (defaults to HEAD).
97 merge::
98 Merge the given notes ref into the current notes ref.
99 This will try to merge the changes made by the given
100 notes ref (called "remote") since the merge-base (if
101 any) into the current notes ref (called "local").
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103 If conflicts arise and a strategy for automatically resolving
104 conflicting notes (see the "NOTES MERGE STRATEGIES" section) is not given,
105 the "manual" resolver is used. This resolver checks out the
106 conflicting notes in a special worktree (`.git/NOTES_MERGE_WORKTREE`),
107 and instructs the user to manually resolve the conflicts there.
108 When done, the user can either finalize the merge with
109 'git notes merge --commit', or abort the merge with
110 'git notes merge --abort'.
112 remove::
113 Remove the notes for given objects (defaults to HEAD). When
114 giving zero or one object from the command line, this is
115 equivalent to specifying an empty note message to
116 the `edit` subcommand.
118 prune::
119 Remove all notes for non-existing/unreachable objects.
121 get-ref::
122 Print the current notes ref. This provides an easy way to
123 retrieve the current notes ref (e.g. from scripts).
126 -------
127 -f::
128 --force::
129 When adding notes to an object that already has notes,
130 overwrite the existing notes (instead of aborting).
132 -m <msg>::
133 --message=<msg>::
134 Use the given note message (instead of prompting).
135 If multiple `-m` options are given, their values
136 are concatenated as separate paragraphs.
137 Lines starting with `#` and empty lines other than a
138 single line between paragraphs will be stripped out.
140 -F <file>::
141 --file=<file>::
142 Take the note message from the given file. Use '-' to
143 read the note message from the standard input.
144 Lines starting with `#` and empty lines other than a
145 single line between paragraphs will be stripped out.
147 -C <object>::
148 --reuse-message=<object>::
149 Take the given blob object (for example, another note) as the
150 note message. (Use `git notes copy <object>` instead to
151 copy notes between objects.)
153 -c <object>::
154 --reedit-message=<object>::
155 Like '-C', but with '-c' the editor is invoked, so that
156 the user can further edit the note message.
158 --allow-empty::
159 Allow an empty note object to be stored. The default behavior is
160 to automatically remove empty notes.
162 --ref <ref>::
163 Manipulate the notes tree in <ref>. This overrides
164 'GIT_NOTES_REF' and the "core.notesRef" configuration. The ref
165 is taken to be in `refs/notes/` if it is not qualified.
167 --ignore-missing::
168 Do not consider it an error to request removing notes from an
169 object that does not have notes attached to it.
171 --stdin::
172 Also read the object names to remove notes from from the standard
173 input (there is no reason you cannot combine this with object
174 names from the command line).
176 -n::
177 --dry-run::
178 Do not remove anything; just report the object names whose notes
179 would be removed.
181 -s <strategy>::
182 --strategy=<strategy>::
183 When merging notes, resolve notes conflicts using the given
184 strategy. The following strategies are recognized: "manual"
185 (default), "ours", "theirs", "union" and "cat_sort_uniq".
186 This option overrides the "notes.mergeStrategy" configuration setting.
187 See the "NOTES MERGE STRATEGIES" section below for more
188 information on each notes merge strategy.
190 --commit::
191 Finalize an in-progress 'git notes merge'. Use this option
192 when you have resolved the conflicts that 'git notes merge'
193 stored in .git/NOTES_MERGE_WORKTREE. This amends the partial
194 merge commit created by 'git notes merge' (stored in
195 .git/NOTES_MERGE_PARTIAL) by adding the notes in
196 .git/NOTES_MERGE_WORKTREE. The notes ref stored in the
197 .git/NOTES_MERGE_REF symref is updated to the resulting commit.
199 --abort::
200 Abort/reset a in-progress 'git notes merge', i.e. a notes merge
201 with conflicts. This simply removes all files related to the
202 notes merge.
204 -q::
205 --quiet::
206 When merging notes, operate quietly.
208 -v::
209 --verbose::
210 When merging notes, be more verbose.
211 When pruning notes, report all object names whose notes are
212 removed.
216 ----------
218 Commit notes are blobs containing extra information about an object
219 (usually information to supplement a commit's message). These blobs
220 are taken from notes refs. A notes ref is usually a branch which
221 contains "files" whose paths are the object names for the objects
222 they describe, with some directory separators included for performance
223 reasons footnote:[Permitted pathnames have the form
224 'ab'`/`'cd'`/`'ef'`/`'...'`/`'abcdef...': a sequence of directory
225 names of two hexadecimal digits each followed by a filename with the
226 rest of the object ID.].
228 Every notes change creates a new commit at the specified notes ref.
229 You can therefore inspect the history of the notes by invoking, e.g.,
230 `git log -p notes/commits`. Currently the commit message only records
231 which operation triggered the update, and the commit authorship is
232 determined according to the usual rules (see linkgit:git-commit[1]).
233 These details may change in the future.
235 It is also permitted for a notes ref to point directly to a tree
236 object, in which case the history of the notes can be read with
237 `git log -p -g <refname>`.
241 ----------------------
243 The default notes merge strategy is "manual", which checks out
244 conflicting notes in a special work tree for resolving notes conflicts
245 (`.git/NOTES_MERGE_WORKTREE`), and instructs the user to resolve the
246 conflicts in that work tree.
247 When done, the user can either finalize the merge with
248 'git notes merge --commit', or abort the merge with
249 'git notes merge --abort'.
251 Users may select an automated merge strategy from among the following using
252 either -s/--strategy option or configuring notes.mergeStrategy accordingly:
254 "ours" automatically resolves conflicting notes in favor of the local
255 version (i.e. the current notes ref).
257 "theirs" automatically resolves notes conflicts in favor of the remote
258 version (i.e. the given notes ref being merged into the current notes
259 ref).
261 "union" automatically resolves notes conflicts by concatenating the
262 local and remote versions.
264 "cat_sort_uniq" is similar to "union", but in addition to concatenating
265 the local and remote versions, this strategy also sorts the resulting
266 lines, and removes duplicate lines from the result. This is equivalent
267 to applying the "cat | sort | uniq" shell pipeline to the local and
268 remote versions. This strategy is useful if the notes follow a line-based
269 format where one wants to avoid duplicated lines in the merge result.
270 Note that if either the local or remote version contain duplicate lines
271 prior to the merge, these will also be removed by this notes merge
272 strategy.
276 --------
278 You can use notes to add annotations with information that was not
279 available at the time a commit was written.
281 ------------
282 $ git notes add -m 'Tested-by: Johannes Sixt <>' 72a144e2
283 $ git show -s 72a144e
284 [...]
285 Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
287 Notes:
288 Tested-by: Johannes Sixt <>
289 ------------
291 In principle, a note is a regular Git blob, and any kind of
292 (non-)format is accepted. You can binary-safely create notes from
293 arbitrary files using 'git hash-object':
295 ------------
296 $ cc *.c
297 $ blob=$(git hash-object -w a.out)
298 $ git notes --ref=built add --allow-empty -C "$blob" HEAD
299 ------------
301 (You cannot simply use `git notes --ref=built add -F a.out HEAD`
302 because that is not binary-safe.)
303 Of course, it doesn't make much sense to display non-text-format notes
304 with 'git log', so if you use such notes, you'll probably need to write
305 some special-purpose tools to do something useful with them.
309 -------------
311 core.notesRef::
312 Notes ref to read and manipulate instead of
313 `refs/notes/commits`. Must be an unabbreviated ref name.
314 This setting can be overridden through the environment and
315 command line.
317 notes.mergeStrategy::
318 Which merge strategy to choose by default when resolving notes
319 conflicts. Must be one of `manual`, `ours`, `theirs`, `union`, or
320 `cat_sort_uniq`. Defaults to `manual`. See "NOTES MERGE STRATEGIES"
321 section above for more information on each strategy.
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323 This setting can be overridden by passing the `--strategy` option.
325 notes.<name>.mergeStrategy::
326 Which merge strategy to choose when doing a notes merge into
327 refs/notes/<name>. This overrides the more general
328 "notes.mergeStrategy". See the "NOTES MERGE STRATEGIES" section above
329 for more information on each available strategy.
331 notes.displayRef::
332 Which ref (or refs, if a glob or specified more than once), in
333 addition to the default set by `core.notesRef` or
334 'GIT_NOTES_REF', to read notes from when showing commit
335 messages with the 'git log' family of commands.
336 This setting can be overridden on the command line or by the
337 'GIT_NOTES_DISPLAY_REF' environment variable.
338 See linkgit:git-log[1].
340 notes.rewrite.<command>::
341 When rewriting commits with <command> (currently `amend` or
342 `rebase`), if this variable is `false`, git will not copy
343 notes from the original to the rewritten commit. Defaults to
344 `true`. See also "`notes.rewriteRef`" below.
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346 This setting can be overridden by the 'GIT_NOTES_REWRITE_REF'
347 environment variable.
349 notes.rewriteMode::
350 When copying notes during a rewrite, what to do if the target
351 commit already has a note. Must be one of `overwrite`,
352 `concatenate`, `cat_sort_uniq`, or `ignore`. Defaults to
353 `concatenate`.
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355 This setting can be overridden with the `GIT_NOTES_REWRITE_MODE`
356 environment variable.
358 notes.rewriteRef::
359 When copying notes during a rewrite, specifies the (fully
360 qualified) ref whose notes should be copied. May be a glob,
361 in which case notes in all matching refs will be copied. You
362 may also specify this configuration several times.
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364 Does not have a default value; you must configure this variable to
365 enable note rewriting.
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367 Can be overridden with the 'GIT_NOTES_REWRITE_REF' environment variable.
371 -----------
374 Which ref to manipulate notes from, instead of `refs/notes/commits`.
375 This overrides the `core.notesRef` setting.
378 Colon-delimited list of refs or globs indicating which refs,
379 in addition to the default from `core.notesRef` or
380 'GIT_NOTES_REF', to read notes from when showing commit
381 messages.
382 This overrides the `notes.displayRef` setting.
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384 A warning will be issued for refs that do not exist, but a glob that
385 does not match any refs is silently ignored.
388 When copying notes during a rewrite, what to do if the target
389 commit already has a note.
390 Must be one of `overwrite`, `concatenate`, `cat_sort_uniq`, or `ignore`.
391 This overrides the `core.rewriteMode` setting.
394 When rewriting commits, which notes to copy from the original
395 to the rewritten commit. Must be a colon-delimited list of
396 refs or globs.
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398 If not set in the environment, the list of notes to copy depends
399 on the `notes.rewrite.<command>` and `notes.rewriteRef` settings.
401 GIT
402 ---
403 Part of the linkgit:git[7] suite