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authorJeff King <>2015-12-10 21:41:29 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2015-12-14 19:44:38 (GMT)
commit92bcbb9b338dd27f0fd4245525093c4bce867f3d (patch)
parent19ce497cf594a3c01af33a65b27b19e7459212d6 (diff)
ident: loosen getpwuid error in non-strict mode
If the user has not specified an identity and we have to turn to getpwuid() to find the username or gecos field, we die immediately when getpwuid fails (e.g., because the user does not exist). This is OK for making a commit, where we have set IDENT_STRICT and would want to bail on bogus input. But for something like a reflog, where the ident is "best effort", it can be pain. For instance, even running "git clone" with a UID that is not in /etc/passwd will result in git barfing, just because we can't find an ident to put in the reflog. Instead of dying in xgetpwuid_self, we can instead return a fallback value, and set a "bogus" flag. For the username in an email, we already have a "default_email_is_bogus" flag. For the name field, we introduce (and check) a matching "default_name_is_bogus" flag. As a bonus, this means you now get the usual "tell me who you are" advice instead of just a "no such user" error. No tests, as this is dependent on configuration outside of git's control. However, I did confirm that it behaves sensibly when I delete myself from the local /etc/passwd (reflogs get written, and commits complain). Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
1 files changed, 22 insertions, 8 deletions
diff --git a/ident.c b/ident.c
index 085cfbe..bb1b174 100644
--- a/ident.c
+++ b/ident.c
@@ -11,6 +11,7 @@ static struct strbuf git_default_name = STRBUF_INIT;
static struct strbuf git_default_email = STRBUF_INIT;
static struct strbuf git_default_date = STRBUF_INIT;
static int default_email_is_bogus;
+static int default_name_is_bogus;
@@ -24,15 +25,22 @@ static int author_ident_explicitly_given;
#define get_gecos(struct_passwd) ((struct_passwd)->pw_gecos)
-static struct passwd *xgetpwuid_self(void)
+static struct passwd *xgetpwuid_self(int *is_bogus)
struct passwd *pw;
errno = 0;
pw = getpwuid(getuid());
- if (!pw)
- die(_("unable to look up current user in the passwd file: %s"),
- errno ? strerror(errno) : _("no such user"));
+ if (!pw) {
+ static struct passwd fallback;
+ fallback.pw_name = "unknown";
+ fallback.pw_gecos = "Unknown";
+ pw = &fallback;
+ if (is_bogus)
+ *is_bogus = 1;
+ }
return pw;
@@ -122,7 +130,7 @@ static void copy_email(const struct passwd *pw, struct strbuf *email,
const char *ident_default_name(void)
if (!git_default_name.len) {
- copy_gecos(xgetpwuid_self(), &git_default_name);
+ copy_gecos(xgetpwuid_self(&default_name_is_bogus), &git_default_name);
return git_default_name.buf;
@@ -138,8 +146,8 @@ const char *ident_default_email(void)
committer_ident_explicitly_given |= IDENT_MAIL_GIVEN;
author_ident_explicitly_given |= IDENT_MAIL_GIVEN;
} else
- copy_email(xgetpwuid_self(), &git_default_email,
- &default_email_is_bogus);
+ copy_email(xgetpwuid_self(&default_email_is_bogus),
+ &git_default_email, &default_email_is_bogus);
return git_default_email.buf;
@@ -327,10 +335,16 @@ const char *fmt_ident(const char *name, const char *email,
fputs(env_hint, stderr);
die("empty ident name (for <%s>) not allowed", email);
- pw = xgetpwuid_self();
+ pw = xgetpwuid_self(NULL);
name = pw->pw_name;
+ if (want_name && strict &&
+ name == git_default_name.buf && default_name_is_bogus) {
+ fputs(env_hint, stderr);
+ die("unable to auto-detect name (got '%s')", name);
+ }
if (strict && email == git_default_email.buf && default_email_is_bogus) {
fputs(env_hint, stderr);
die("unable to auto-detect email address (got '%s')", email);