commit patches to Darcs, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, Monotone, Subversion, or CVS repositories

Jim Radford and I wrote a neat little utility that lets you check in select portions of a file into Darcs, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, Subversion, or CVS repositories. It comes as a command line app and also and emacs interface.

See my blog entry about commit-patch for some detailed information on why you might want to use commit-patch.

The current version is 2.6: Download (86K)

Debian "Wheezy" (7.0), "Testing", and "Unstable" now provide commit-patch. Simply "apt-get install commit-patch" if you have a Debian system.

Read the ChangeLog.

The development repository can found at github. You can get it like this:

  git clone git://


commit-patch relies on several programs to get the job done:

and, of course, one of:

commit-patch is known to run on Linux and Mac OS X. It is written in perl, so ideally it will run anywhere, but we have never tested in other environments, most notably Windows. Use at your own risk.


commit-patch: See the man page.

commit-patch-buffer.el is an emacs interface to commit-patch. It allows you to just hit C-c C-c in any patch buffer to apply and commit only the changes indicated by the patch, regardless of the changes in your working directory.

One method of working with commit-patch-buffer is to just M-x vc-diff a file then kill, split or edit the resulting hunks and to then hit C-c C-c to commit the patch. The other is to use PCL cvs mode to tag many files and then to diff them into a buffer which can again be edited and committed.

Older versions

The older bash version that only supports CVS can be found here:


  • David Caldwell
  • Jim Radford

Copyright And License

Copyright © 2003-2013 by David Caldwell and Jim Radford.

commit-patch is distributed under the GNU General Public License. See the COPYING file for more details.

Last Modified on: Feb 3, 2019 01:20am