How do I get git to use Textmate as my default editor?
At the command-line, if I do
mate <filepath> it opens up the right file for me in TextMate.
But when I do:
$ mate -v open: invalid option -- v Usage: open [-e] [-t] [-f] [-W] [-R] [-n] [-g] [-h] [-b <bundle identifier>] [-a <application>] [filenames] [--args arguments]
Also, when I do
git commit, I see this:
$ git commit error: cannot run mate: No such file or directory error: There was a problem with the editor 'mate'. Please supply the message using either -m or -F option.
~/.bashprofile has these lines:
#Set Textmate as my default editor from the command-line alias mate='open -a TextMate.app' export EDITOR="/usr/local/bin/mate -w"
~/.bashrc has just this one:
alias mate='open -a TextMate.app'
~/.gitconfig includes the following:
[user] name = My Name email = firstname.lastname@example.org [core] editor = mate [github] user = marcamillion token = 50e3iuaidsgadjkhwkjegakjhbsdkjb30432 (don't worry, this is fake)
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By adding the following to the core section in ~/.gitconfig
[core] editor = mate
Ok if it’s already there then the issue is probably with textmate and not git.
In preferences there is a terminal tab and an install button
When you click on install mate will be in /usr/local/bin/mate and everything should work.
You need to create a symbolic link
I have textmate 1 (I use vim now 🙂
ls -l `which mate` lrwxr-xr-x 1 jameskyburz staff 66 Jul 1 2011 /usr/local/bin/mate -> /Applications/TextMate.app/Contents/SharedSup
ln -s /Applications/TextMate.app/Contents/Resources/mate /usr/local/bin/mate
The editor used to edit the commit log message will be chosen from the
GIT_EDITOR environment variable, the core.editor configuration
variable, the VISUAL environment variable, or the EDITOR environment
variable (in that order).
Easy way to configure this, assuming the mate path is correct, is to run
git config --global core.editor "/usr/local/bin/mate -w"
Assuming, of course, that you can run
/usr/local/bin/mate -w. Check that by running
/usr/local/bin/mate -w with your local user. If it isn’t found, you can use
which mate to find it if it exists in your path at all – if it doesn’t, I’d think you need to use the form you have in your alias (
open -a TextMate.app -w).
Edit: incorporated comments into the answer.