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Re: "commit --author=..." does not work if global email and name is not set

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 4:35 PM Piotr Krukowiecki
<piotr.krukowiecki@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a repo downloaded on machines which do automatic tests.
> Sometimes I want to make a quick fix there and push back to origin.
> Reading git-commit docs I had impression that I can use "--author=me"
> and it will work. But it requires setting global user name and email:

You can still do

 git -c user.name=me -c user.email=me@xxxxxxxxxxx commit ...

if you do not want to follow the advice message to store the ident

>   git config --global user.email "you@xxxxxxxxxxx"
>   git config --global user.name "Your Name"

Technically, what you are missing when you give --author is only
the committer ident, so you can probably use

  git commit --author=me ...

even though it is not any shorter ;-).

I think all of the above is quite expected. The fact that --author is used to
specify the ident of the author is a good sign that it is different from the
committer ident (otherwise the user would be using a configured default
ident that is always used as the committer ident, without overriding it
with the --author) option.