Very recently git has started merging even though I have set it to always rebase:

$ git config --list | grep -F branch.autosetup
$ git pull
[Removed everything in the commit message]
error: Empty commit message.
Not committing merge; use 'git commit' to complete the merge.
$ git merge --abort

It was definitely a trivial merge, because:

$ git pull --rebase
First, rewinding head to replay your work on top of it...
Applying: [...]
$ echo $?

Is this a known issue?

$ git --version
git version 2.3.1

Turns out branch.autosetup only takes effect on new branches, creating a repository-local branch.[branch].rebase=true setting. To set this retroactively for the master branch:

$ git config branch.master.rebase true

My bad.

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