On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM, Jeff King <p...@peff.net> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 03:26:26PM +0100, Ramana Kumar wrote:
>> If I forget to set user.email and user.name config options and do a commit
>> (possibly the --amend option also required to make this show up), then git
>> 126.96.36.199 will drops me into an editor for a commit message, then after that
>> complain with the fatal message:
>> *** Please tell me who you are.
> Hmm. I think this is an artifact of running --amend. In the normal case,
> we check the author ident beforehand. But in the --amend case, we take
> the existing author, but then fail trying to generate the committer
> ident. So we could probably do better by checking both explicitly
> Usually we would fall back to your name from /etc/passwd. I guess it is
> blank on your system.
>> The commit message I wrote is now lost. [...]
> It's not lost. It's in .git/COMMIT_EDITMSG.
> We could probably do a better job of informing the user of this when
> commit dies prematurely.
I agree, and thank you very much for those two useful pieces of
information! (names stored in /etc/passwd and saving of
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