stg refresh [options] [--] [<files or dirs>]


Include the latest work tree and index changes in the current patch. This command generates a new git commit object for the patch; the old commit is no longer visible.

Refresh will warn if the index is dirty, and require use of either the --index or --force options to override this check. This is to prevent accidental full refresh when only some changes were staged using git add interative mode.

You may optionally list one or more files or directories relative to the current working directory; if you do, only matching files will be updated.

Behind the scenes, stg refresh first creates a new temporary patch with your updates, and then merges that patch into the patch you asked to have refreshed. If you asked to refresh a patch other than the topmost patch, there can be conflicts; in that case, the temporary patch will be left for you to take care of, for example with stg squash.

The creation of the temporary patch is recorded in a separate entry in the patch stack log; this means that one undo step will undo the merge between the other patch and the temp patch, and two undo steps will additionally get rid of the temp patch.



Only update the current patch files.


Instead of setting the patch top to the current contents of the worktree, set it to the current contents of the index.


Instead of warning the user when some work has already been staged (such as with git add interactive mode) force a full refresh.

--patch PATCH

Refresh (applied) PATCH instead of the top patch.


Invoke an editor for the patch description.

--annotate NOTE

Annotate the patch log entry.

--message MESSAGE

Use MESSAGE instead of invoking the editor.

--file FILE

Use the contents of FILE instead of invoking the editor. (If FILE is "-", write to stdout.)


Add a "Signed-off-by:" to the end of the patch.


Add an "Acked-by:" line to the end of the patch.


Add a "Reviewed-by:" line to the end of the patch.

--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.


Part of the StGit suite - see stg(1)