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git-cherry-pick - Apply the change introduced by an existing commit
'git cherry-pick' [--edit] [-n] [-m parent-number] [-s] [-x] <commit>
Given one existing commit, apply the change the patch introduces, and record a
new commit that records it. This requires your working tree to be clean (no
modifications from the HEAD commit).
Commit to cherry-pick.
For a more complete list of ways to spell commits, see the
"SPECIFYING REVISIONS" section in linkgit:git-rev-parse[1].
With this option, 'git-cherry-pick' will let you edit the commit
message prior to committing.
When recording the commit, append to the original commit
message a note that indicates which commit this change
was cherry-picked from. Append the note 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
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.
Usually the command automatically creates a commit.
This flag applies the change necessary to cherry-pick
the named commit to your working tree and the index,
but does not make the 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.
Add Signed-off-by line at the end of the commit message.
Written by Junio C Hamano <>
Documentation by Junio C Hamano and the git-list <>.
Part of the linkgit:git[1] suite