Documentation: fix a typo in git-apply.txt
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1 git-apply(1)
2 ============
5 ----
6 git-apply - Apply a patch to files and/or to the index
10 --------
11 [verse]
12 'git apply' [--stat] [--numstat] [--summary] [--check] [--index]
13 [--apply] [--no-add] [--build-fake-ancestor=<file>] [-R | --reverse]
14 [--allow-binary-replacement | --binary] [--reject] [-z]
15 [-p<n>] [-C<n>] [--inaccurate-eof] [--recount] [--cached]
16 [--ignore-space-change | --ignore-whitespace ]
17 [--whitespace=(nowarn|warn|fix|error|error-all)]
18 [--exclude=<path>] [--include=<path>] [--directory=<root>]
19 [--verbose] [<patch>...]
22 -----------
23 Reads the supplied diff output (i.e. "a patch") and applies it to files.
24 With the `--index` option the patch is also applied to the index, and
25 with the `--cached` option the patch is only applied to the index.
26 Without these options, the command applies the patch only to files,
27 and does not require them to be in a git repository.
29 This command applies the patch but does not create a commit. Use
30 linkgit:git-am[1] to create commits from patches generated by
31 linkgit:git-format-patch[1] and/or received by email.
34 -------
35 <patch>...::
36 The files to read the patch from. '-' can be used to read
37 from the standard input.
39 --stat::
40 Instead of applying the patch, output diffstat for the
41 input. Turns off "apply".
43 --numstat::
44 Similar to `--stat`, but shows the number of added and
45 deleted lines in decimal notation and the pathname without
46 abbreviation, to make it more machine friendly. For
47 binary files, outputs two `-` instead of saying
48 `0 0`. Turns off "apply".
50 --summary::
51 Instead of applying the patch, output a condensed
52 summary of information obtained from git diff extended
53 headers, such as creations, renames and mode changes.
54 Turns off "apply".
56 --check::
57 Instead of applying the patch, see if the patch is
58 applicable to the current working tree and/or the index
59 file and detects errors. Turns off "apply".
61 --index::
62 When `--check` is in effect, or when applying the patch
63 (which is the default when none of the options that
64 disables it is in effect), make sure the patch is
65 applicable to what the current index file records. If
66 the file to be patched in the working tree is not
67 up-to-date, it is flagged as an error. This flag also
68 causes the index file to be updated.
70 --cached::
71 Apply a patch without touching the working tree. Instead take the
72 cached data, apply the patch, and store the result in the index
73 without using the working tree. This implies `--index`.
75 --build-fake-ancestor=<file>::
76 Newer 'git diff' output has embedded 'index information'
77 for each blob to help identify the original version that
78 the patch applies to. When this flag is given, and if
79 the original versions of the blobs are available locally,
80 builds a temporary index containing those blobs.
81 +
82 When a pure mode change is encountered (which has no index information),
83 the information is read from the current index instead.
85 -R::
86 --reverse::
87 Apply the patch in reverse.
89 --reject::
90 For atomicity, 'git apply' by default fails the whole patch and
91 does not touch the working tree when some of the hunks
92 do not apply. This option makes it apply
93 the parts of the patch that are applicable, and leave the
94 rejected hunks in corresponding *.rej files.
96 -z::
97 When `--numstat` has been given, do not munge pathnames,
98 but use a NUL-terminated machine-readable format.
99 +
100 Without this option, each pathname output will have TAB, LF, double quotes,
101 and backslash characters replaced with `\t`, `\n`, `\"`, and `\\`,
102 respectively, and the pathname will be enclosed in double quotes if
103 any of those replacements occurred.
105 -p<n>::
106 Remove <n> leading slashes from traditional diff paths. The
107 default is 1.
109 -C<n>::
110 Ensure at least <n> lines of surrounding context match before
111 and after each change. When fewer lines of surrounding
112 context exist they all must match. By default no context is
113 ever ignored.
115 --unidiff-zero::
116 By default, 'git apply' expects that the patch being
117 applied is a unified diff with at least one line of context.
118 This provides good safety measures, but breaks down when
119 applying a diff generated with `--unified=0`. To bypass these
120 checks use `--unidiff-zero`.
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122 Note, for the reasons stated above usage of context-free patches is
123 discouraged.
125 --apply::
126 If you use any of the options marked "Turns off
127 'apply'" above, 'git apply' reads and outputs the
128 requested information without actually applying the
129 patch. Give this flag after those flags to also apply
130 the patch.
132 --no-add::
133 When applying a patch, ignore additions made by the
134 patch. This can be used to extract the common part between
135 two files by first running 'diff' on them and applying
136 the result with this option, which would apply the
137 deletion part but not the addition part.
139 --allow-binary-replacement::
140 --binary::
141 Historically we did not allow binary patch applied
142 without an explicit permission from the user, and this
143 flag was the way to do so. Currently we always allow binary
144 patch application, so this is a no-op.
146 --exclude=<path-pattern>::
147 Don't apply changes to files matching the given path pattern. This can
148 be useful when importing patchsets, where you want to exclude certain
149 files or directories.
151 --include=<path-pattern>::
152 Apply changes to files matching the given path pattern. This can
153 be useful when importing patchsets, where you want to include certain
154 files or directories.
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156 When `--exclude` and `--include` patterns are used, they are examined in the
157 order they appear on the command line, and the first match determines if a
158 patch to each path is used. A patch to a path that does not match any
159 include/exclude pattern is used by default if there is no include pattern
160 on the command line, and ignored if there is any include pattern.
162 --ignore-space-change::
163 --ignore-whitespace::
164 When applying a patch, ignore changes in whitespace in context
165 lines if necessary.
166 Context lines will preserve their whitespace, and they will not
167 undergo whitespace fixing regardless of the value of the
168 `--whitespace` option. New lines will still be fixed, though.
170 --whitespace=<action>::
171 When applying a patch, detect a new or modified line that has
172 whitespace errors. What are considered whitespace errors is
173 controlled by `core.whitespace` configuration. By default,
174 trailing whitespaces (including lines that solely consist of
175 whitespaces) and a space character that is immediately followed
176 by a tab character inside the initial indent of the line are
177 considered whitespace errors.
178 +
179 By default, the command outputs warning messages but applies the patch.
180 When `git-apply` is used for statistics and not applying a
181 patch, it defaults to `nowarn`.
182 +
183 You can use different `<action>` values to control this
184 behavior:
185 +
186 * `nowarn` turns off the trailing whitespace warning.
187 * `warn` outputs warnings for a few such errors, but applies the
188 patch as-is (default).
189 * `fix` outputs warnings for a few such errors, and applies the
190 patch after fixing them (`strip` is a synonym --- the tool
191 used to consider only trailing whitespace characters as errors, and the
192 fix involved 'stripping' them, but modern gits do more).
193 * `error` outputs warnings for a few such errors, and refuses
194 to apply the patch.
195 * `error-all` is similar to `error` but shows all errors.
197 --inaccurate-eof::
198 Under certain circumstances, some versions of 'diff' do not correctly
199 detect a missing new-line at the end of the file. As a result, patches
200 created by such 'diff' programs do not record incomplete lines
201 correctly. This option adds support for applying such patches by
202 working around this bug.
204 -v::
205 --verbose::
206 Report progress to stderr. By default, only a message about the
207 current patch being applied will be printed. This option will cause
208 additional information to be reported.
210 --recount::
211 Do not trust the line counts in the hunk headers, but infer them
212 by inspecting the patch (e.g. after editing the patch without
213 adjusting the hunk headers appropriately).
215 --directory=<root>::
216 Prepend <root> to all filenames. If a "-p" argument was also passed,
217 it is applied before prepending the new root.
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219 For example, a patch that talks about updating `a/` to `b/`
220 can be applied to the file in the working tree `modules/git-gui/` by
221 running `git apply --directory=modules/git-gui`.
223 Configuration
224 -------------
226 apply.ignorewhitespace::
227 Set to 'change' if you want changes in whitespace to be ignored by default.
228 Set to one of: no, none, never, false if you want changes in
229 whitespace to be significant.
230 apply.whitespace::
231 When no `--whitespace` flag is given from the command
232 line, this configuration item is used as the default.
234 Submodules
235 ----------
236 If the patch contains any changes to submodules then 'git apply'
237 treats these changes as follows.
239 If `--index` is specified (explicitly or implicitly), then the submodule
240 commits must match the index exactly for the patch to apply. If any
241 of the submodules are checked-out, then these check-outs are completely
242 ignored, i.e., they are not required to be up-to-date or clean and they
243 are not updated.
245 If `--index` is not specified, then the submodule commits in the patch
246 are ignored and only the absence or presence of the corresponding
247 subdirectory is checked and (if possible) updated.
251 --------
252 linkgit:git-am[1].
255 Author
256 ------
257 Written by Linus Torvalds <>
259 Documentation
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261 Documentation by Junio C Hamano
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