Daily Archives: November 14, 2017

GIT Error “Please tell me who you are” in SourceTree

I recently received this error when trying to commit a local GIT repository in SourceTree:

*** Please tell me who you are.


  git config --global user.email "you@example.com"
  git config --global user.name "Your Name"

to set your account's default identity.
Omit --global to set the identity only in this repository.

fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got 'username@MACHINENAME.(none)')

This was weird as I had already used the indicated commands to set my commit options.  Running “git config –global -l” in a Git Bash shell (I am running on Windows 10) resulted in the following:

$ git config --global -l
user.name=My Name

After a bit of searching online, I discovered one possible problem was my email address.  Notice the quotation marks around the email address.  When I configured my email address I used the following:

git config --global user.email "myemail@sixthimpulse.com"

All the examples showed the quotation marks.  Instead, I should have left them off like the following:

git config --global user.email myemail@sixthimpulse.com

Now my global GIT config looks like this:

$ git config --global -l
user.name=My Name

Unfortunately, that still didn’t work.

A bit more digging and I noticed that when I opened a Terminal window from inside SourceTree and tried to set my user.name, like so:

git config --global user.name "My Name"

I  got an error back:

error: could not lock config file C:/WINDOWS/system32/config/systemprofile/.gitconfig: Permission denied

From there it was pretty simple to deduce that I needed to run SourceTree as an administrator and then I was able to commit just fine.

Not sure how this got changed, but at least I can commit now.