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git commit-tree <tree> [(-p <parent>)…] git commit-tree [(-p <parent>)…] [-S[<keyid>]] [(-m <message>)…] [(-F <file>)…] <tree>
This is usually not what an end user wants to run directly. See git-commit instead.
Creates a new commit object based on the provided tree object and
emits the new commit object id on stdout. The log message is read
from the standard input, unless
-F options are given.
-F options can be given any number of times, in any
order. The commit log message will be composed in the order in which
the options are given.
A commit object may have any number of parents. With exactly one parent, it is an ordinary commit. Having more than one parent makes the commit a merge between several lines of history. Initial (root) commits have no parents.
While a tree represents a particular directory state of a working directory, a commit represents that state in "time", and explains how to get there.
Normally a commit would identify a new "HEAD" state, and while Git
doesn’t care where you save the note about that state, in practice we
tend to just write the result to the file that is pointed at by
.git/HEAD, so that we can always see what the last committed
An existing tree object.
- -p <parent>
-pindicates the id of a parent commit object.
- -m <message>
A paragraph in the commit log message. This can be given more than once and each <message> becomes its own paragraph.
- -F <file>
Read the commit log message from the given file. Use
-to read from the standard input. This can be given more than once and the content of each file becomes its own paragraph.
GPG-sign commits. The
keyidargument is optional and defaults to the committer identity; if specified, it must be stuck to the option without a space.
--no-gpg-signis useful to countermand a
--gpg-signoption given earlier on the command line.
A commit encapsulates:
all parent object ids
author name, email and date
committer name and email and the commit time.
A commit comment is read from stdin. If a changelog entry is not provided via "<" redirection, git commit-tree will just wait for one to be entered and terminated with ^D.
GIT_COMMITTER_DATE environment variables
support the following date formats:
- Git internal format
<unix timestamp> <time zone offset>, where
<unix timestamp>is the number of seconds since the UNIX epoch.
<time zone offset>is a positive or negative offset from UTC. For example CET (which is 1 hour ahead of UTC) is
- RFC 2822
The standard email format as described by RFC 2822, for example
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 22:13:13 +0200.
- ISO 8601
Time and date specified by the ISO 8601 standard, for example
2005-04-07T22:13:13. The parser accepts a space instead of the
Tcharacter as well. Fractional parts of a second will be ignored, for example
2005-04-07T22:13:13.019will be treated as
In addition, the date part is accepted in the following formats:
Git is to some extent character encoding agnostic.
The contents of the blob objects are uninterpreted sequences of bytes. There is no encoding translation at the core level.
Path names are encoded in UTF-8 normalization form C. This applies to tree objects, the index file, ref names, as well as path names in command line arguments, environment variables and config files (
.git/config(see git-config), gitignore, gitattributes and gitmodules).
Note that Git at the core level treats path names simply as sequences of non-NUL bytes, there are no path name encoding conversions (except on Mac and Windows). Therefore, using non-ASCII path names will mostly work even on platforms and file systems that use legacy extended ASCII encodings. However, repositories created on such systems will not work properly on UTF-8-based systems (e.g. Linux, Mac, Windows) and vice versa. Additionally, many Git-based tools simply assume path names to be UTF-8 and will fail to display other encodings correctly.
Commit log messages are typically encoded in UTF-8, but other extended ASCII encodings are also supported. This includes ISO-8859-x, CP125x and many others, but not UTF-16/32, EBCDIC and CJK multi-byte encodings (GBK, Shift-JIS, Big5, EUC-x, CP9xx etc.).
Although we encourage that the commit log messages are encoded in UTF-8, both the core and Git Porcelain are designed not to force UTF-8 on projects. If all participants of a particular project find it more convenient to use legacy encodings, Git does not forbid it. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
git commit and git commit-tree issues a warning if the commit log message given to it does not look like a valid UTF-8 string, unless you explicitly say your project uses a legacy encoding. The way to say this is to have
.git/configfile, like this:
[i18n] commitEncoding = ISO-8859-1
Commit objects created with the above setting record the value of
encodingheader. This is to help other people who look at them later. Lack of this header implies that the commit log message is encoded in UTF-8.
git log, git show, git blame and friends look at the
encodingheader of a commit object, and try to re-code the log message into UTF-8 unless otherwise specified. You can specify the desired output encoding with
.git/configfile, like this:
[i18n] logOutputEncoding = ISO-8859-1
If you do not have this configuration variable, the value of
i18n.commitEncodingis used instead.
Note that we deliberately chose not to re-code the commit log message when a commit is made to force UTF-8 at the commit object level, because re-coding to UTF-8 is not necessarily a reversible operation.
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