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Can't get past error message when trying to git global config username

Trying to configure global user name and email but keep getting the same error message:

  • error: key does not contain a section: name
  • error: key does not contain a section: email

What am I missing? 

I'm on a Macbook Air (Mojave) using Terminal. 

3 answers

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2 votes
Answer accepted
Tyler T Atlassian Team Feb 25, 2019

Check the contents of the file:

cat ~/.gitconfig

The format should look something like:

name = Firstname Lastname
email =

As @Jobin Kuruvilla _Adaptavist_ suggested, it might be malformed and need manual updating.

There were some lines that I had to delete in the gitconfig file (i.e. two empty, two with an outdated username and email).

Thank you!

It is possible that the existing git config was tampered with. Check this answer:

[user] + [core]


# inner local project

$ vim .git/config

repositoryformatversion = 0
filemode = true
bare = false
logallrefupdates = true

name = xgqfrms
email =

$ cat .git/config


$ vim ~/.gitconfig

# email =
# name = xgqfrms

  email =
  name = xgqfrms

$ cat ~/.gitconfig

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