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Stupid Git Trick

This was one of those dumb things that I should have figured out earlier.

If you use emacs for editing then you probably have a customized .emacs file. Even if you don’t, your system is probably loading a boatload of features for emacs.

I certainly have a ton of elisp that I use to make development easier.

So it just occurred to me that I don’t need any of that stuff just to edit a change commit.

So I added this to my shell rc file:

export GIT_EDITOR="emacs -q"

Now emacs pops up instantly and I don’t have to wait for all the elisp to load and initialize.

This probably works with other editors too.

Ciao!

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knarf

Alternative solutions:

  • start emacs server and set GIT_EDITOR to emacsclient
  • directly commit from emacs with vc-mode

Personally, I use both. I have EDITOR set to emacsclient (various software use EDITOR) and I commit from emacs.

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