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I'm running Git version that I built from source, zsh is my shell, and emacs is my editor.

Recently I started seeing the following:

/usr/local/Cellar/git/ line 106: emacs: command not found

Could not execute editor

My zshrc looks like the following so I can use the Cocoa build and the console binary provided with it.


function e()  { PATH=$EMACS_HOME/bin:$PATH $EMACS_HOME/Emacs -nw $@ }                                                                                                             
function ec() { PATH=$EMACS_HOME/bin:$PATH emacsclient -t $@ }                                                                                                                    

function es() { e --daemon=$1 && ec -s $1 }                                                                                                                                       
function el() { ps ax|grep Emacs }                                                                                                                                                
function ek() { $EMACS_HOME/bin/emacsclient -e '(kill-emacs)' -s $1 }                                                                                                             

function ecompile() {                                                                                                                                                             
   e -eval "(setq load-path (cons (expand-file-name \".\") load-path))" \                                                                                                         
       -batch -f batch-byte-compile $@                                                                                                                                            

alias emacs=e                                                                                                                                                                     
alias emacsclient=ec

And I also have

export EDITOR="emacs"

and have tried adding

export GIT_EDITOR="emacs" 

(and swapping that out with "e")

But whatever I try I can't get git to open emacs whenever I need to do a commit or an interactive rebase, etc etc...

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which emacs? Or maybe enter the full path to emacs in EDITOR? – Daniel Beck Jan 13 '11 at 16:06
A very recent build of Emacs 24. And yes, a full path might be necessary... – mwilliams Jan 13 '11 at 16:22
Would you mind if I answered it for the 15 rep when accepted? – Daniel Beck Jan 13 '11 at 16:51

I needed to skip the functions built in my .zshrc and reference the full path for $GIT_EDITOR.

export GIT_EDITOR="/Applications/ -nw"
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