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I cloned a repo (using fictious examples here)

$ git clone http://someplace.somedomain.name/resource.git 

went to the directory

$ cd resource

and then tried to edit a file within the resource directory

/home/shirish/resource $ editor somefile.txt

Now I am not familiar with what editor is being used by git and if it something internal. I am running git 2.11.0 on Debian testing.

I did hunt around and saw this https://help.github.com/articles/associating-text-editors-with-git/ but the documentation doesn't tell me how do I search to know/see which editor it uses. Is there a way ?

  • editor is not a variable. In Debian, it's aliased to an editor command. See which editor, and also namei $(which editor). – janos Jan 5 '17 at 18:03
  • But if you do set a default editor for Git with git config --global core.editor XXX, it usually goes into ~/.gitconfig. You can also ask Git what is the value of that variable by issuing the same command without XXX. – giusti Jan 5 '17 at 18:08
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In Debian, the editor command is an alternative:

sudo update-alternatives --config editor

It's not managed by git.

When a git commands needs an editor (e.g. for a commit message), it uses the editor given by the GIT_EDITOR environment variable, or failing that, the editor specified by the core.editor variable. See git-var(1) and git-config(1) for details; but basically to set it up globally, run

git config --global core.editor emacs

which will store your preference in .gitconfig in your home directory.

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You can use type editor to see what your shell does when editor is entered. I don't believe it has anything to do with Git.

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