Anonymous committed d387868

merge: backport GIT_MERGE_AUTOEDIT support

Even though 1.7.9.x series does not open the editor by default
when merging in general, it does do so in one occassion: when
merging an annotated tag. And worse yet, there is no good way
for older scripts to decline this.

Backport the support for GIT_MERGE_AUTOEDIT environment variable
from 1.7.10 track to help those stuck on 1.7.9.x maintenance

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 inspect and further tweak the merge result before committing.
 	Invoke editor before committing successful merge to further
-	edit the default merge message.
+	edit the default merge message. The `--no-edit` option can be
+	used to accept the auto-generated message (this is generally
+	discouraged) when merging an annotated tag, in which case
+	`git merge` automatically spawns the editor so that the result
+	of the GPG verification of the tag can be seen.
+Older scripts may depend on the historical behaviour of not allowing the
+user to edit the merge log message. They will see an editor opened when
+they run `git merge` to merge an annotated tag. To make it easier to adjust
+such scripts to the updated behaviour, the environment variable
+`GIT_MERGE_AUTOEDIT` can be set to `no` at the beginning of them.
 	When the merge resolves as a fast-forward, only update the branch
+static int default_edit_option(void)
+	static const char name[] = "GIT_MERGE_AUTOEDIT";
+	const char *e = getenv(name);
+	struct stat st_stdin, st_stdout;
+	if (have_message)
+		/* an explicit -m msg without --[no-]edit */
+		return 0;
+	if (e) {
+		int v = git_config_maybe_bool(name, e);
+		if (v < 0)
+			die("Bad value '%s' in environment '%s'", e, name);
+		return v;
+	}
+	/* Use editor if stdin and stdout are the same and is a tty */
+	return (!fstat(0, &st_stdin) &&
+		!fstat(1, &st_stdout) &&
+		isatty(0) && isatty(1) &&
+		st_stdin.st_dev == st_stdout.st_dev &&
+		st_stdin.st_ino == st_stdout.st_ino &&
+		st_stdin.st_mode == st_stdout.st_mode);
 int cmd_merge(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
 	unsigned char result_tree[20];
 		    merge_remote_util(commit)->obj &&
 		    merge_remote_util(commit)->obj->type == OBJ_TAG) {
 			if (option_edit < 0)
-				option_edit = 1;
+				option_edit = default_edit_option();
 			allow_fast_forward = 0;