Jeff King  committed 41f597d

commit: document the temporary commit message file

We do not document COMMIT_EDITMSG at all, but users may want
to know about it for two reasons:

1. They may want to tell their editor to configure itself
for formatting a commit message.

2. If a commit is aborted by an error, the user may want
to recover the commit message they typed.

Let's put a note in git-commit(1).

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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File Documentation/git-commit.txt

 and `post-commit` hooks.  See linkgit:githooks[5] for more
+	This file contains the commit message of a commit in progress.
+	If `git commit` exits due to an error before creating a commit,
+	any commit message that has been provided by the user (e.g., in
+	an editor session) will be available in this file, but will be
+	overwritten by the next invocation of `git commit`.