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LAB 5.1 git commit fail

jengeljengel Posts: 41
edited October 2017 in LFS201 Class Forum

In step 6 of Lab 5.1 we must execute

 git commit -m "My initial commit" --author="The genuis me <[email protected]>"

I get the reply back

"*** Please tell me who you are." .....fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got '[email protected](none)'). I am using the official course VM  Ubuntu 16-04.

In step 7 you do actually set these options, and once completed step 6 will work

 I suggest to maybe swap the steps in the labs?







  • luisviveropenaluisviveropena Posts: 296
    edited September 2017

    Hi Jengel,

    In this lab, yes, you can swap step 6 with 7. In fact it was already configured in the system that's showing the lab, so it didn't get the error you had.



  • cvazquez8105cvazquez8105 Posts: 7
    edited October 2017

    my OS is ubuntu and I got the same error even after performing the git config commands. What I noticed was that the error was telling me to input "global" git config. So I used the following and it worked.

    [email protected]:/git-test# git config --global user.name "Genius"

    [email protected]:/git-test# git config --global user.email "[email protected]"

    [email protected]:/git-test# git commit -m "My initial commit" --author="A Genius <[email protected]>"

    [master (root-commit) 48a9720] My initial commit

     Author: A Genius <[email protected]>

     1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

     create mode 100644 somejunkfile

    [email protected]:/git-test# get log

    No command 'get' found, but there are 18 similar ones

    get: command not found

    [email protected]:/git-test# git log

    commit 48a972083f324f322c02340231579f60a9ae4428

    Author: A Genius <[email protected]>

    Date:   Fri Oct 6 11:47:30 2017 -0700

        My initial commit

    [email protected]:/git-test# 


  • luisviveropenaluisviveropena Posts: 296
    edited October 2017

    Hi cvasquez,

    Yes, that works. Anyway, you should be able to run git commits with a normal user (instead root).



  • Hi Luis, tengo esta salida cuandos doy git status

    [email protected] git-test]# git status

    On branch master


    Initial commit


    Untracked files:

    (use "git add ..." to include in what will be committed)



    nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to try

    el objetivo del ejercicio cual es?

    muchas gracias

  • Hola chmorenos,

    El objetivo de este laboratorio es introducirse en el uso de git; para eso se ejecutan varios comandos básicos con el fin de quedar con un ambiente funcional de git y realizar algunas operaciones también básicas.

    ¿Seguiste todos los pasos del laboratorio?


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