From: "Fahad Ashfaque" <>
I have downloaded the latest git from git-scm on my windows machine.

I am using git on windows, I am having trouble trying to get notepad++
as my commit message editor.

I have created a shell script called which has the following content

/c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe -multiInst
-nosession -noPlugin $1

I figured this is how paths are accepted in git-bash

Now I configured core.editor this way

git config --global core.editor /c/path/to/

I simply have (from 'git config -l'):
core.editor='C:/Program Files/Notepad++/notepad++.exe' -multiInst -notabbar -nosession -noplugin

when I try to commit, using the following command

git commit

I get the following error
$ git commit
error: cannot spawn c:/path/to/ No such file or directory
error: unable to start editor 'c:/dev/tools/cmd/'
Please supply the message using either -m or -F option.

when I run the following command

ls c:/

I get the directory for my repository's root, not C drive's root

When I run the following command through git-bash


It works

but when git commit invokes, it does not.

Here is more of what I found

when 'git commit' launches, it changes /c/path/to/ to

c:/ is not the root of my C drive according to git-bash,
Correct. The "Linux" bash is rooted, _usually_, at the base of your personal 'c:/documents and settings' (or whatever on your Windows version), with the MS drives under /c/ and /d/ etc. i.e. a load of virtualisation.

use 'pwd -W' to get the true (Windows) path of your current/present working directory. (I had to ask just a few days ago ;-)

c:/ is root
of my repository because when I run 'ls c:/' I get files from root of
my repository.
I wouldn't have expected that to play nice (confusion between windows and linux path styles).

so may be if 'git commit' does not change /c/path/to/ to
c:/path/to/, it would work... Or if git-bash does not mount c:/
to /c/path/to/myrepository and keep it to /c it would work too.

Please let me know if you need more info on this

I've also copied in the Git user / Git for Human beings list (for reference) which can be useful for Windows based issues.



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