i am not sure what is causing this problem but i am having problems using git. It seems sublime is somehow interfering. Does perhaps anybody know how to solve this problem?

I am running OSX 10.9.3.

git version
git version (Apple Git-48)

git commit -a
subl -w: subl: command not found
error: There was a problem with the editor 'subl -w'.
Please supply the message using either -m or -F option.
  • How are you telling git to use sublime text as an editor?
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:01
  • I did not tell git to use sublime. As far as i remember i installed sublime and the xcode command line utilities which i believe included git.
    – Susan
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:05
  • What is in the [core] section of ~/.gitconfig
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:11
  • [core] editor = subl -w
    – Susan
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:34
  • @Susan, please write it down as an answer. This way other people can find your solution as well. Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


The issue is that git commit is trying to use an editor to allow you to create a commit message. The editor for git is possibly overridden in is set in your ~/.gitconfig file. There will be a [core] section which sets the editor

e.g. for Sublime Text

  editor = subl -w   

remove the editor line to make the default editor go back to the shell's default editor

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