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GIT-CHERRY-PICK(1)               Git Manual               GIT-CHERRY-PICK(1)

NAME         top

       git-cherry-pick - Apply the changes introduced by some existing
       commits

SYNOPSIS         top

       git cherry-pick [--edit] [-n] [-m parent-number] [-s] [-x] [--ff]
                         [-S[<keyid>]] <commit>...
       git cherry-pick --continue
       git cherry-pick --quit
       git cherry-pick --abort

DESCRIPTION         top

       Given one or more existing commits, apply the change each one
       introduces, recording a new commit for each. This requires your
       working tree to be clean (no modifications from the HEAD commit).

       When it is not obvious how to apply a change, the following happens:

        1. The current branch and HEAD pointer stay at the last commit
           successfully made.

        2. The CHERRY_PICK_HEAD ref is set to point at the commit that
           introduced the change that is difficult to apply.

        3. Paths in which the change applied cleanly are updated both in the
           index file and in your working tree.

        4. For conflicting paths, the index file records up to three
           versions, as described in the "TRUE MERGE" section of
           git-merge(1). The working tree files will include a description
           of the conflict bracketed by the usual conflict markers <<<<<<<
           and >>>>>>>.

        5. No other modifications are made.

       See git-merge(1) for some hints on resolving such conflicts.

OPTIONS         top

       <commit>...
           Commits to cherry-pick. For a more complete list of ways to spell
           commits, see gitrevisions(7). Sets of commits can be passed but
           no traversal is done by default, as if the --no-walk option was
           specified, see git-rev-list(1). Note that specifying a range will
           feed all <commit>... arguments to a single revision walk (see a
           later example that uses maint master..next).

       -e, --edit
           With this option, git cherry-pick will let you edit the commit
           message prior to committing.

       -x
           When recording the commit, append a line that says "(cherry
           picked from commit ...)" to the original commit message in order
           to indicate which commit this change was cherry-picked from. This
           is done only for cherry picks without conflicts. Do not use this
           option if you are cherry-picking from your private branch because
           the information is useless to the recipient. If on the other hand
           you are cherry-picking between two publicly visible branches
           (e.g. backporting a fix to a maintenance branch for an older
           release from a development branch), adding this information can
           be useful.

       -r
           It used to be that the command defaulted to do -x described
           above, and -r was to disable it. Now the default is not to do -x
           so this option is a no-op.

       -m parent-number, --mainline parent-number
           Usually you cannot cherry-pick a merge because you do not know
           which side of the merge should be considered the mainline. This
           option specifies the parent number (starting from 1) of the
           mainline and allows cherry-pick to replay the change relative to
           the specified parent.

       -n, --no-commit
           Usually the command automatically creates a sequence of commits.
           This flag applies the changes necessary to cherry-pick each named
           commit to your working tree and the index, without making any
           commit. In addition, when this option is used, your index does
           not have to match the HEAD commit. The cherry-pick is done
           against the beginning state of your index.

           This is useful when cherry-picking more than one commits' effect
           to your index in a row.

       -s, --signoff
           Add Signed-off-by line at the end of the commit message. See the
           signoff option in git-commit(1) for more information.

       -S[<keyid>], --gpg-sign[=<keyid>]
           GPG-sign commits. The keyid argument is optional and defaults to
           the committer identity; if specified, it must be stuck to the
           option without a space.

       --ff
           If the current HEAD is the same as the parent of the
           cherry-pick’ed commit, then a fast forward to this commit will be
           performed.

       --allow-empty
           By default, cherry-picking an empty commit will fail, indicating
           that an explicit invocation of git commit --allow-empty is
           required. This option overrides that behavior, allowing empty
           commits to be preserved automatically in a cherry-pick. Note that
           when "--ff" is in effect, empty commits that meet the
           "fast-forward" requirement will be kept even without this option.
           Note also, that use of this option only keeps commits that were
           initially empty (i.e. the commit recorded the same tree as its
           parent). Commits which are made empty due to a previous commit
           are dropped. To force the inclusion of those commits use
           --keep-redundant-commits.

       --allow-empty-message
           By default, cherry-picking a commit with an empty message will
           fail. This option overrides that behavior, allowing commits with
           empty messages to be cherry picked.

       --keep-redundant-commits
           If a commit being cherry picked duplicates a commit already in
           the current history, it will become empty. By default these
           redundant commits cause cherry-pick to stop so the user can
           examine the commit. This option overrides that behavior and
           creates an empty commit object. Implies --allow-empty.

       --strategy=<strategy>
           Use the given merge strategy. Should only be used once. See the
           MERGE STRATEGIES section in git-merge(1) for details.

       -X<option>, --strategy-option=<option>
           Pass the merge strategy-specific option through to the merge
           strategy. See git-merge(1) for details.

SEQUENCER SUBCOMMANDS         top

       --continue
           Continue the operation in progress using the information in
           .git/sequencer. Can be used to continue after resolving conflicts
           in a failed cherry-pick or revert.

       --quit
           Forget about the current operation in progress. Can be used to
           clear the sequencer state after a failed cherry-pick or revert.

       --abort
           Cancel the operation and return to the pre-sequence state.

EXAMPLES         top

       git cherry-pick master
           Apply the change introduced by the commit at the tip of the
           master branch and create a new commit with this change.

       git cherry-pick ..master, git cherry-pick ^HEAD master
           Apply the changes introduced by all commits that are ancestors of
           master but not of HEAD to produce new commits.

       git cherry-pick maint next ^master, git cherry-pick maint
       master..next
           Apply the changes introduced by all commits that are ancestors of
           maint or next, but not master or any of its ancestors. Note that
           the latter does not mean maint and everything between master and
           next; specifically, maint will not be used if it is included in
           master.

       git cherry-pick master~4 master~2
           Apply the changes introduced by the fifth and third last commits
           pointed to by master and create 2 new commits with these changes.

       git cherry-pick -n master~1 next
           Apply to the working tree and the index the changes introduced by
           the second last commit pointed to by master and by the last
           commit pointed to by next, but do not create any commit with
           these changes.

       git cherry-pick --ff ..next
           If history is linear and HEAD is an ancestor of next, update the
           working tree and advance the HEAD pointer to match next.
           Otherwise, apply the changes introduced by those commits that are
           in next but not HEAD to the current branch, creating a new commit
           for each new change.

       git rev-list --reverse master -- README | git cherry-pick -n --stdin
           Apply the changes introduced by all commits on the master branch
           that touched README to the working tree and index, so the result
           can be inspected and made into a single new commit if suitable.

       The following sequence attempts to backport a patch, bails out
       because the code the patch applies to has changed too much, and then
       tries again, this time exercising more care about matching up context
       lines.

           $ git cherry-pick topic^             (1)
           $ git diff                           (2)
           $ git reset --merge ORIG_HEAD        (3)
           $ git cherry-pick -Xpatience topic^  (4)

       1. apply the change that would be shown by git show topic^. In this
       example, the patch does not apply cleanly, so information about the
       conflict is written to the index and working tree and no new commit
       results.
       2. summarize changes to be reconciled
       3. cancel the cherry-pick. In other words, return to the
       pre-cherry-pick state, preserving any local modifications you had in
       the working tree.
       4. try to apply the change introduced by topic^ again, spending extra
       time to avoid mistakes based on incorrectly matching context lines.

SEE ALSO         top

       git-revert(1)

GIT         top

       Part of the git(1) suite

COLOPHON         top

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Git 2.9.2.277.g2949358           07/16/2016               GIT-CHERRY-PICK(1)