SYNOPSIS

git commit-tree <tree> [-p <parent commit>]\* < changelog

DESCRIPTION

This is usually not what an end user wants to run directly. See linkgit:git-commit[1] instead.

Creates a new commit object based on the provided tree object and emits the new commit object id on stdout.

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 state was.

OPTIONS

<tree>

An existing tree object

-p <parent commit>

Each -p indicates the id of a parent commit object.

Commit Information

A commit encapsulates:

While parent object ids are provided on the command line, author and committer information is taken from the following environment variables, if set:

GIT_AUTHOR_NAME
GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL
GIT_AUTHOR_DATE
GIT_COMMITTER_NAME
GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL
GIT_COMMITTER_DATE
EMAIL

(nb "<", ">" and "\n"s are stripped)

In case (some of) these environment variables are not set, the information is taken from the configuration items user.name and user.email, or, if not present, system user name and fully qualified hostname.

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.

Diagnostics

You don’t exist. Go away!

The passwd(5) gecos field couldn’t be read

Your parents must have hated you!

The passwd(5) gecos field is longer than a giant static buffer.

Your sysadmin must hate you!

The passwd(5) name field is longer than a giant static buffer.

Discussion

At the core level, git is character encoding agnostic.

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.

  1. 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 i18n.commitencoding in .git/config file, like this:

    [i18n]
            commitencoding = ISO-8859-1

    Commit objects created with the above setting record the value of i18n.commitencoding in its encoding header. 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.

  2. git-log, git-show and friends looks at the encoding header of a commit object, and tries to re-code the log message into UTF-8 unless otherwise specified. You can specify the desired output encoding with i18n.logoutputencoding in .git/config file, like this:

    [i18n]
            logoutputencoding = ISO-8859-1

    If you do not have this configuration variable, the value of i18n.commitencoding is 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.

SEE ALSO

linkgit:git-write-tree[1]

Author

Written by Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>

Documentation

Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <git@vger.kernel.org>.

GIT

Part of the linkgit:git[1] suite