This article shows you how you can configure git to use Notepad as editor on your laptop.
Create your editor bat script
The command should terminate with the status 1.
Because Notepad will open a new file in its actual process, you should then closed Notepad and your open files each time.
To change this behavior, we wrote a dos script that will wrap the Notepad command invocation.
The script below will open a file in a new instance of Notepad.
@ECHO OFF REM notepad++.exe -multiInst %1
Add it to your path environment variable
To be able to call this script from everywhere, you should add it to your PATH environment variable.
In my case, I store all shell scripts that I reuse in the directory D:\code\shell-gt (They are in a git repository and in-sync on all machines).
Configure the new editor command
The last step is to tell git to use our script with git config.
git config --global core.editor ed.bat
The next time that Git needs a description (for instance, for a commit), if you don't provide a message at the command line, Git will open Notepad++ asking you
- to write a message,
- to save the file
- and to close Notepad