Fix for empty ident error using older git

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In this snippet Christian explains how to fix the empty ident error using a bleeding edge git. In older git versions this must be done manually. So if you get this error...

*** Environment problem:
*** Your name cannot be determined from your system services (gecos).
*** You would need to set GIT_AUTHOR_NAME and GIT_COMMITTER_NAME
*** environment variables; otherwise you won't be able to perform
*** certain operations because of "empty ident" errors.
*** Alternatively, you can use configuration variable.

fatal: empty ident  <[email protected]> not allowed

... then add the following parameters to your /.bashrc\ file\ and\ source\ it\ with\ ./.bashrc (or relogin, alternatively):

export GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="Marko Haapala"
export GIT_COMMITTER_NAME="Marko Haapala"