Jeff King wrote:

> Internally, we keep track of whether the author or committer
> ident information was provided by the user, or whether it
> was implicitly determined by the system. However, there is
> currently no way for external programs or scripts to get
> this information

What are the intended semantics?  If my machine has /etc/mailname
filled out, is that an implicit identity?  How about if I set the

If external scripts are going to start using this mechanism, they will
need answers to these questions to support users that run into
configuration problems.  A few words on this in the documentation
could probably help.

On most machines I have the EMAIL envvar set explicitly, but in the
recent past I relied on /etc/mailname on some others, so I'm also
genuinely curious about the use case here (and too lazy to dig it up).

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