I just wanted to know if Magit has this functionality. The reference manual does not have this explicitly so that's why I am asking.

  • @itsjeyd yes, sorry, I was trying out sx.el (the stackexchange client for emacs) and it didn't show any answers. Once I opened the link in a browser I saw it, sorry :( Edit: deleted comment
    – Lee H
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 15:30
  • @LeeH No problem, thanks for following up! :)
    – itsjeyd
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 15:37
  • @LeeH That's very odd. If you run into that problem again please file a bug report.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 20:45
  • @Malabarba I did! Then it was fixed in sx.el and everything works now :)
    – Lee H
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 11:29

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You're right, it doesn't seem to be built in. But note that you can run any git subcommand you like from a Magit buffer by pressing :, which is bound to magit-git-command by default:

magit-git-command is an interactive autoloaded compiled Lisp function in magit.el.

(magit-git-command ARGS DIRECTORY)

Execute a Git subcommand asynchronously, displaying the output. With a prefix argument run Git in the root of the current repository. Non-interactively run Git in DIRECTORY with ARGS.

So in order to get a patch for, e.g., the latest commit using git format-patch you can do the following:

: format-patch -1 RET

The output (displayed in the *magit-process* buffer) will look something like this:

  0 git --no-pager -c core.preloadindex=true format-patch -1

Starting with v2.1.0 Magit provides basic support for git format-patch as well as git request-pull. They share a popup, magit-patch-popup, which W is bound to.

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