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How do YOU configure Git for Windows?

patarapolw profile image Pacharapol Withayasakpunt ・1 min read

Most of the problems come from Windows not being POSIX compliant, I guess. None of these problems in macOS or Linux.

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RenardFute

Normally it will work just after installation. But if you want to go further you can configure it with:

  • git config --global user.name "Your Name"
  • git config --global user.email "your.name@example.com"

You can check this if you want to setup your SSH agent: click here

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Bruno Vieira

I have a dotfiles repo, so I just create a Symbolic Link on ~/.gitconfig that points to my local repository. Actually, I've been doing that with a lot of files, and also experimenting with a setup process written in PowerShell.

A nice addition to my config was conditional includes on .gitconfig, allowing me to override settings based on the current working directory I'm using Git on.

I use that for setting my GPG commit-signing keys for work and personal projects.

You'll find that Git on Windows works pretty much as on Linux, I never found myself missing a feature or something like that.

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Ian Pride

I push and pull cross platform software often back and forth from Linux to Windows and vice-versa and the only problem I've ever had were with line endings; which, is easily fixable by using core.eol correctly.

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt Author

Please elaborate.

So, you didn't configure correctly immediately on first install.

Do you

  • Edit .git/config
  • Edit ~/.gitconfig
  • Use git config --global ?