Flávio Amieiro Flávio Amieiro - 3 months ago 16
Git Question

Change the author and committer name and e-mail of multiple commits in Git

I was writing a simple script in the school computer, and committing the changes to Git (in a repo that was in my pendrive, cloned from my computer at home). After several commits I realized I was committing stuff as the root user.

Is there any way to change the author of these commits to my name?

Answer

Changing the author (or committer) would require re-writing all of the history. If you're okay with that and think it's worth it then you should check out git filter-branch. The main page includes several examples to get you started. Also note that you can use environment variables to change the name of the author, committer, dates, etc. -- see the "Environment Variables" section of the git man page.

Specifically, you can fix all the wrong author names and emails for all branches and tags with this command (source: GitHub help):

#!/bin/sh

git filter-branch --env-filter '
OLD_EMAIL="your-old-email@example.com"
CORRECT_NAME="Your Correct Name"
CORRECT_EMAIL="your-correct-email@example.com"
if [ "$GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL" = "$OLD_EMAIL" ]
then
    export GIT_COMMITTER_NAME="$CORRECT_NAME"
    export GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL="$CORRECT_EMAIL"
fi
if [ "$GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL" = "$OLD_EMAIL" ]
then
    export GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="$CORRECT_NAME"
    export GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL="$CORRECT_EMAIL"
fi
' --tag-name-filter cat -- --branches --tags