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Commit Error message "Please tell me who you are?"

Hassan Nabil May 27, 2013

I am new to Source tree and Git Hub. I am trying to commit changes to a new branch that I made. I get this error:

*** Please tell me who you are.


git config --global ""

git config --global "Your Name"

to set your account's default identity.

Omit --global to set the identity only in this repository.

fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got 'hassan.nabil@HNABIL02-DT.(none)')

source tree set your account's default identity

I ran the git config commands, I also ran the setup wizard but I still get the same error. What am I missing?

4 answers

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pauliunas December 9, 2018

I know it's too late for you, but I came here with the same problem just now and I wanted to share a solution.

Go to Tools->Options, change your email to something else and save. Now it's fixed. Just go back to options and change your email back to normal, it will still work.

Shashank Kumar June 12, 2019

Thanks Paulius, you saved my day :D

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Ekhlas Franso March 2, 2021

which tools please?

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Stan Allen November 21, 2020

*** Please tell me who you are <-- error

I had the same problem on Windows after installing sourcetree.  Initially, my installed GIT from the command line was working fine but after installing sourcetree and updating Tools->Options was also broken with the same error. 

I also ran the suggested commands and that did not resolve it.

It turns out that the HOME environment variable had a space after "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%" so it was actually "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%<space>".  

The command "git config --global -l" told me that the global config file could not be found and showed me the incorrect path to the file it attempted to open. That was the clue that lead me to resolve my issue by removing the space from the end of the HOME environment variable.

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William Harding August 10, 2015

This looks more like a bug with SourceTree not being able to read the default config file rather than the user not being logged in.  That file is C:\Users\me\.gitconfig.  You need to enter the file manually to get that data, then change the SourceTree.exe.config also. 

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zeyneb_l November 22, 2013

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