[OS X Emacs] aquamacs interacting incorrectly with git (and .org site not working)

David Romano dromano at stanford.edu
Tue Mar 5 09:17:06 EST 2019

Thank you, Win, for your explanation, and for pointing the magit package
--  I'll be sure to look into it.


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 6:54 PM Win Treese <treese at acm.org> wrote:

> > On Mar 4, 2019, at 3:02 PM, David Romano <dromano at stanford.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Here's a quick experiment at the terminal in an empty directory called
> 'aqua' that shows what I mean:
> > $ git config --global  core.editor aquamacs
> > $ git init
> > $ echo "a" > a
> > $ git add .
> > $ git commit
> > Aborting commit due to empty commit message.
> > $
> >
> > Here `git commit` triggered an COMMIT_EDITMSG file to be opened, but
> completed at the same time, preventing me from being able to write
> anything. This is definitely odd behavior.
> When you run aquamacs in the terminal (and I’m assuming that it’s the
> program that is usually found at
> /Applications/Aquamacs.app/Contents/MacOS/bin/aquamacs), the key thing is
> that it detaches itself from the terminal so it can run as a GUI
> application. You can see this if you just run aquamacs at the shell prompt:
> $ aquamacs
> It will come back to the shell right away, but the window will pop up.
> From git’s point of view, when it detaches it looks like the editor has
> finished, so it prints the abort message at the same time Aquamacs is
> opening its initial windows. It does seem odd in the way it plays out, but
> it’s really just the difference between the way GUI apps and command-line
> programs behave. Most of the time, you don’t see this, because there aren’t
> really many GUI apps on the Mac that people launch from the command line.
> It sounds like emacsclient may do the job for you.
> If you are doing a lot with git and using Aquamacs, you might also look at
> the magit package (https://magit.vc), which is a great way to deal with
> git from within Aquamacs instead of going to the terminal.
> Best,
> Win
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