On Friday, August 3, 2012 4:56:11 PM UTC+2, coccinelle wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm new to Git and I struggle already at the first configuration:
> git config --global user.name "My Name"
> gives
> error: could not lock config file c://.gitconfig: Permission denied
> First thing to notice: the config file is not located directly in C:, but 
> in C:\Program Files\Git\etc.
> I can edit it manually without any problems, so my user account has a 
> write permission.
> I would not mind simply editing the file manually, but I got the same 
> error message later when I wanted to clone a project using the Git Gui. 
> This doesn't happen if I clone using Git Bash.
> I'm working on a Windows XP machine. I installed Git on a second machine 
> but I didn't get the error.
> Any ideas?  

I haven't got Windows XP here, so I can't really try out much. 

Any configuration that you have in C:\Program Files\Git\etc comes in *
addition* to the .gitconfig in your home-directory.

On Windows 7, my .gitconfig ends up in my home-dir in 

On XP, I imagine it should go in C:\Documents and Settings\tfnico\.gitconfig

I'm not really sure how msysgit decides on where your home-dir is, and why 
it doesn't work on your machine. I would guess that C:\.gitconfig is the 
final location it falls back to.

There are some hints in this post: 
perhaps you can look at the contents of C:\Program Files\Git\etc\profile and 
see what the HOME variable is configured to be. Then try echo'ing this 
expression in your commandline. For example:


Could be that you have to replace that expression with something that works 
on your machine. This comment <http://stackoverflow.com/a/5732395/266875>on the 
above mentioned post explains a similar issue.

Also, please tell us what version of Git you've got installed:

 git --version 

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