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Re: why does "git revert" commit even if i try to bail with ":q!"?

On Tue, 12 Mar 2019, Bryan Turner wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 10:23 AM Robert P. J. Day <rpjday@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >   never noticed this before ... when i do a regular "git commit" and
> > enter my "vi" edit session and change my mind, i can bail with ":q!",
> > regardless of what i've set up as a commit message, and i'll see:
> >
> >   Aborting commit due to empty commit message.
> >
> > however, i was just playing with "git revert" and, after i ran:
> >
> >   $ git revert <commit SHA>
> >
> >   again, simulating that i changed my mind, i just typed ":q!", but
> > the revert went ahead, anyway. i tried again, this time completely
> > deleting all the lines from the commit msg (as the template
> > suggested), but the revert *still* completed after typing ":q!".
> >
> >   it was only after deleting all the lines and using ":wq" that the
> > revert was cancelled:
> >
> >   Aborting commit due to empty commit message.
> >
> > that seems ... inconsistent. am i misunderstanding something?
> When you're doing a fresh commit, the .git/COMMIT_MSG is "empty". It
> has whitespace and comments, but no _usable_ lines. So when you :q!,
> the commit is aborted because nothing Git can use as a commit
> message was saved to the file and so it's still "empty".

  no, if i enter the commit edit session, type some _usable_ lines,
then type ":q!", it *still* aborts the commit because of an empty
commit message. try it and tell me if it behaves differently for you.



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