stg-edit man page

stg-edit — Edit a patch description or diff


stg edit [options] [--] [<patch>]


Edit the description and author information of the given patch (or the current patch if no patch name was given). With --diff, also edit the diff.

The editor is invoked with the following contents:

From: A U Thor <>
Date: creation date
Patch description

If --diff was specified, the diff appears at the bottom, after a separator:

Diff text

Command-line options can be used to modify specific information without invoking the editor. (With the --edit option, the editor is invoked even if such command-line options are given.)

If the patch diff is edited but does not apply, no changes are made to the patch at all. The edited patch is saved to a file which you can feed to "stg edit --file", once you have made sure it does apply.

With --set-tree you set the git tree of the patch to the specified TREE-ISH without changing the tree of any other patches. When used on the top patch, the index and work tree will be updated to match the tree. This low-level option is primarily meant to be used by tools built on top of StGit, such as the Emacs mode. See also the --set-tree flag of stg push.


-d, --diff
Edit the patch diff.
-e, --edit
Invoke interactive editor.
Add a "Signed-off-by:" to the end of the patch.
Add an "Acked-by:" line to the end of the patch.
-m MESSAGE, --message MESSAGE
Use MESSAGE instead of invoking the editor.
-f FILE, --file FILE
Use the contents of FILE instead of invoking the editor. (If FILE is "-", write to stdout.)
--save-template FILE

Instead of running the command, just write the message template to FILE, and exit. (If FILE is "-", write to stdout.)

When driving StGit from another program, it is often useful to first call a command with --save-template, then let the user edit the message, and then call the same command with --file.

--author "NAME <EMAIL>"
Set the author details.
--authname NAME
Set the author name.
--authemail EMAIL
Set the author email.
--authdate DATE
Set the author date.
-O OPTIONS, --diff-opts OPTIONS
Extra options to pass to "git diff".
-t TREE-ISH, --set-tree TREE-ISH
Set the git tree of the patch to TREE-ISH.


Part of the StGit suite - see stg(1)


07/19/2016 StGit StGit Manual