On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 6:02 AM, Duy Nguyen <pclo...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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

Or maybe --amend should imply --cleanup=whitespace.
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