The old phrasing indicated that the EMAIL environment variable takes
precedence over the configuration setting, but it is the
other way around.

Signed-off-by: Peter Eisentraut <>
 Documentation/git-commit-tree.txt |    4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-commit-tree.txt 
index 6d5a04c..a221169 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-commit-tree.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-commit-tree.txt
@@ -72,13 +72,13 @@ if set:
-       EMAIL
 (nb "<", ">" and "\n"s are stripped)
 In case (some of) these environment variables are not set, the information
 is taken from the configuration items and, or, if not
-present, system user name and the hostname used for outgoing mail (taken
+present, the environment variable EMAIL, or, if that is not set,
+system user name and the hostname used for outgoing mail (taken
 from `/etc/mailname` and falling back to the fully qualified hostname when
 that file does not exist).

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