ty...@mit.edu writes:

> On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 05:00:13PM +0200, Stefan Beller wrote:
>> > I don't even think we need to query the user to fill out all of the
>> > fields.  We can prepopulate a lot of the fields (name, e-mail address,
>> > etc.) from OS specific defaults that are available on most systems ---
>> > specifically, the default values we would use the name and e-mail
>> > address are not specified in a config file.
>> Please don't. Or you end up again with Commiters like sb@localhost,
>> sbeller@(None) or alike. I mean it's just one question once you setup
>> a new computer, so I'd really like to see that question and then
>> answer myself (at university/employer I might put in another email
>> address than at home anyway, and I'm sure my boxes have no sane
>> defaults)
> But that's no worse than what we have today.

It is. Currently, Git displays a very big and scary warning when you use
commit and Git had to guess your identity.

If you explicitly fill-in the config file with guessed values, then Git
will have no way to know if the config values are real or guessed.

OTOH, a prompt with a default value (i.e "type 'return' to get the
default") would make sense.

Matthieu Moy
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