On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 02:58:47PM -0500, Nathan Neulinger wrote: > Yes, the behavior currently is: > > If I can figure out "who", I'll set the EMAIL/attributes based on that. > If not, it'll default to the "don't know" behavior that throws up the > list > > Ideally, I'd prefer the second option be: > > Force user to specify --author if a good default can't be determined > > But there doesn't appear to be a way to do that.
Yeah, I don't think there is a blessed way to tell git "I am explicitly _not_ giving you an identity". You can set user.email to "bogus.(none)" which git will think "oh, I tried to get the FQDN, but failed". However, that is not a documented interface, and I would not be surprised if it changes in the future. The instructions you get: *** Please tell me who you are. Run git config --global user.email "y...@example.com" git config --global user.name "Your Name" to set your account's default identity. Omit --global to set the identity only in this repository. are probably not helpful either (you do not want the user to run "git config", as that would interfere with the other shared users). > >If so, wouldn't it be a better option to use that mechanism to set > >separate $HOME (or XDG_CONFIG_HOME if you prefer) to these real > >users who share the account, so that separate $HOME/.gitconfig files > >can be used by them? > > Not really, since there are lots of servers, and lots of application/service > accounts. Where filesystem acl'ing can be used reasonably, it is, making > this moot, but it still boils down to example case of "I have a team of X > people maintaining Y different applications, each on their own dedicated > account". I'd just like a good mechanism to set defaults based on > information other than what is in the home dir on the occasions that users > log in directly to the app account, as opposed to doing updates offline on > their own systems/to central repo/etc. But I think anything you could set up in the environment could be set up in an on-the-fly $HOME. For example, instead of: GIT_WEAK_AUTHOR_NAME=$name GIT_WEAK_AUTHOR_EMAIL=$email do: HOME=$(mktemp -d gitenv.XXXXXX") trap 'rm -rf "$HOME"' 0 git config --global user.name "$name" git config --global user.email "$email" You'd want to link in anything else you actually _want_ in $HOME, but that also gives an opportunity to set up application-specific options based on the user (e.g., if you could pull their .vimrc from some shared storage or something). -Peff -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html