On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Erik Faye-Lund <kusmab...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM, David Wade <da...@statoil.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I wrote a commit message beginning with a hash (#) character, like this: 
>> 'git commit -m "#ifdef ...." '
>> Everything went okay when committing, but then I tried 'git commit -amend' 
>> and without editing the commit message I was told I had an empty commit 
>> message.
>> Is this a problem with my text editor (vim 7.2) or git itself? (git version 
>> under RedHat 5.8) Or something I'm not supposed to do ;-) ?
> The problem is that when doing interactive editing of messages (like
> 'git commit --amend' does), git considers '#' as a comment-character.
> You can disable this by using the --cleanup=verbatim switch (or some
> other suiting cleanup-setting, see 'git help commit').

Nobody is always conscious about the leading # in commit message to do
that. I once edited a commit message and the auto-wrap feature put '#'
at the beginning of the line. I saved and went on without noticing one
line was lost until much later :( Perhaps we should change the comment
signature a bit to reduce accidents, like only recognize '#' lines as
comments after a special line like

# this is not a comment
# this is a comment
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