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Update documentation for git-format-patch

[jc: adjusted for recently resurrected features]

Signed-off-by: Dennis Stosberg <dennis@stosberg.net>;
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <junkio@cox.net>;

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Documentation/git-format-patch.txt

 SYNOPSIS
 --------
 [verse]
-'git-format-patch' [-n | -k] [-o <dir> | --stdout] [--attach] [-s] [-c]
-		 [--diff-options] <his> [<mine>]
+'git-format-patch' [-n | -k] [-o <dir> | --stdout] [--attach]
+	           [-s | --signoff] [--diff-options] [--start-number <n>]
+		   <since>[..<until>]
 
 DESCRIPTION
 -----------
-Prepare each commit with its patch since <mine> head forked from
-<his> head, one file per patch formatted to resemble UNIX mailbox
-format, for e-mail submission or use with gitlink:git-am[1].
+
+Prepare each commit between <since> and <until> with its patch in
+one file per commit, formatted to resemble UNIX mailbox format.
+If ..<until> is not specified, the head of the current working
+tree is implied.
+
+The output of this command is convenient for e-mail submission or
+for use with gitlink:git-am[1].
 
 Each output file is numbered sequentially from 1, and uses the
-first line of the commit message (massaged for pathname safety)
-as the filename.
+first line of the commit message (massaged for pathname safety) as
+the filename. The names of the output files are printed to standard
+output, unless the --stdout option is specified.
 
-When -o is specified, output files are created in <dir>; otherwise
-they are created in the current working directory.  This option
-is ignored if --stdout is specified.
+If -o is specified, output files are created in <dir>.  Otherwise
+they are created in the current working directory.
 
-When -n is specified, instead of "[PATCH] Subject", the first
-line is formatted as "[PATCH N/M] Subject", unless you have only
-one patch.
+If -n is specified, instead of "[PATCH] Subject", the first line
+is formatted as "[PATCH n/m] Subject".
 
 
 OPTIONS
 -------
 -o|--output-directory <dir>::
 	Use <dir> to store the resulting files, instead of the
-	current working directory.
+	current working directory. This option is ignored if
+	--stdout is specified.
 
 -n|--numbered::
 	Name output in '[PATCH n/m]' format.
 
+--start-number <n>::
+	Start numbering the patches at <n> instead of 1.
+
 -k|--keep-subject::
 	Do not strip/add '[PATCH]' from the first line of the
 	commit log message.
 	Add `Signed-off-by:` line to the commit message, using
 	the committer identity of yourself.
 
--c|--check::
-        Display suspicious lines in the patch.  The definition
-        of 'suspicious lines' is currently the lines that has
-        trailing whitespaces, and the lines whose indentation
-        has a SP character immediately followed by a TAB
-        character.
-
 --stdout::
-	This flag generates the mbox formatted output to the
-	standard output, instead of saving them into a file per
-	patch and implies --mbox.
+	Print all commits to the standard output in mbox format,
+	instead of creating a file for each one.
 
 --attach::
 	Create attachments instead of inlining patches.
 	cherry-pick them.
 
 git-format-patch origin::
-	Extract commits the current branch accumulated since it
-	pulled from origin the last time in a patch form for
-	e-mail submission.
+	Extract all commits which are in the current branch but
+	not in the origin branch.  For each commit a separate file
+	is created in the current directory.
 
 git-format-patch -M -B origin::
-	The same as the previous one, except detect and handle
-	renames and complete rewrites intelligently to produce
-	renaming patch.  A renaming patch reduces the amount of
-	text output, and generally makes it easier to review
-	it.  Note that the "patch" program does not understand
-	renaming patch well, so use it only when you know the
-	recipient uses git to apply your patch.
+	The same as the previous one.  Additionally, it detects
+	and handles renames and complete rewrites intelligently to
+	produce a renaming patch.  A renaming patch reduces the
+	amount of text output, and generally makes it easier to
+	review it.  Note that the "patch" program does not
+	understand renaming patches, so use it only when you know
+	the recipient uses git to apply your patch.
 
 
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