Re: What shall we do with the GECOS field again?

From: Nikolai Weibull <>
Date: 2005-09-20 20:31:15
Junio C Hamano wrote:

> Nikolai Weibull <> writes:

> > If we stop using GECOS, then can we please start using $EMAIL (or
> > perhaps use it regardless of whether we use GECOS or not)?  A lot of
> > applications seem to look for $EMAIL and I think that it's universal
> > enough for git to use it as well.  To me it seems that both
> > GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL can use it,...

> I am not convinced $EMAIL is used as widely as you claim above (could
> you give a list of applications please?), but if it is that sounds
> like a sensible idea.

I was sadly mistaken.  It doesn't seem to be so well-used after all.
Here's a list of applications that use it:

* mutt (the only one that really counts)
* darcs (which also uses DARCS_EMAIL)
* various debian utilities (who cares)
* Vim's changelog package (which I have written, so that doesn't count)

Quite a sad list, so I suppose that there's really no point in it...,

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