Show that git format-patch can have a cover letter, include patch
commentary below the three dashes, and notes can also be

Signed-off-by: Philip Oakley <>
 Documentation/user-manual.txt | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/user-manual.txt b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
index 85651b5..d918c53 100644
--- a/Documentation/user-manual.txt
+++ b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
@@ -1787,6 +1787,11 @@ $ git format-patch origin
 will produce a numbered series of files in the current directory, one
 for each patch in the current branch but not in origin/HEAD.
+`git format-patch` can include an initial "cover letter". You can insert
+a commentary on individual patches using a three dash line after the
+commit message, and before the patch itself. `git format-patch --notes`
+(v1.8.1) will include the commit's notes in the similar manner.
 You can then import these into your mail client and send them by
 hand.  However, if you have a lot to send at once, you may prefer to
 use the linkgit:git-send-email[1] script to automate the process.

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