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fix git commit with wrong email address in git config, before pushing
If:
- you add and commit with the wrong email address in git, and
- your remote has a hook set up to prevent you from pushing with the bad address
Then you need to amend the author of your commit before push can succeed:
1. fix your email address in git config:
$ git config user.name "Your Name"
$ git config user.email "your@address.com"
$ git submodule foreach --recursive 'git config user.name "Your Name" && git config user.email "your@address.com"'
2. then do a rebase:
$ git rebase -i HEAD~1
# git brings up your editor.
3. in the editor, mark the commit as 'edit' then save and exit the editor
4. do an amend that resets the author now that your address is changed:
$ git commit --amend --reset-author
5. finish with a rebase:
$ git rebase --continue
# git says:
# Successfully rebased and updated refs/heads/master.
@rowlandekemezie
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rowlandekemezie commented Dec 13, 2015

What if after pushing successfully, you found out it was wrong email, how do I lik it back? Would the above description also work for it?
Thanks

@tbonfim
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tbonfim commented Feb 24, 2016

Yeah Andela, it will work for you

@MrBoog
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MrBoog commented May 5, 2017

Ah. Cool! That's what I need. :)
I guess this line is the point git commit --amend --reset-author

@aditya2337
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aditya2337 commented May 14, 2017

Nice explanation, thanks a tonnn!

@chedadsp
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chedadsp commented Jan 3, 2018

What if after pushing successfully, you found out it was wrong email, how do I lik it back? Would the above description also work for it?
Thanks

Yes, it would if you have push --force privilege. Just do everything stated above and than do git push --force.

@coolpalani
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coolpalani commented Jan 28, 2018

Thanks

@hankliu5
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hankliu5 commented Feb 26, 2019

Appreciate for saving my life ❤️

@MTammvee
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MTammvee commented Jan 12, 2021

Thank You ! 👼

@ethanrweber
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ethanrweber commented Jun 1, 2021

thanks, this was exactly what I needed lol

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