On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 07:02:17PM -0500, Jeff King wrote:

> The one distinction that would make sense to me is pausing to ask when
> we use "implicit" methods to look up the ident, like concatenating the
> username with the hostname to get the email.

By the way, I suspect this is the answer to "what do people type for
this prompt". It is probably more about a safety on bad ident than it is
about people routinely updating the information. I actually think it
would make more sense to drop the prompt entirely and just die when the
user has not given us a usable ident. But maybe people who do one-off
format-patches would rather type their name in a prompt than set an
environment variable and re-run the program.

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