git commit -m 'first commit' returns error: pathspec 'commit' did not match any files(s) known to git.

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Joshua Moore

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Jul 8, 2010, 1:58:35 AM7/8/10
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I tried following the initial instructions on github, but got the
error message:
error: pathspec 'commit' did not match any files(s) known to git.

What's wrong here?

Konstantin Khomoutov

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Jul 8, 2010, 11:39:29 AM7/8/10
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Possibly you blindly copied some example intended for POSIX-like
systems with sane shell to Windows cmd.exe in which the apostrophe
sign has no special meaning.
To demonstrate:

C:\tmp>mkdir test

C:\tmp>cd test

C:\tmp\test>git init
Initialized empty Git repository in C:/tmp/test/.git/

C:\tmp\test>git commit -m 'first commit'
error: pathspec 'commit'' did not match any file(s) known to git.

C:\tmp\test>git commit -m "first commit"
# On branch master
#
# Initial commit
#
nothing to commit (create/copy files and use "git add" to track)

Joshua Moore

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Jul 8, 2010, 8:55:42 PM7/8/10
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Yeah, that must be what happened. Do you know the corresponding
windows command or where I can look em up?

Johannes Schindelin

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Jul 9, 2010, 4:56:39 AM7/9/10
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Hi,

On Thu, 8 Jul 2010, Joshua Moore wrote:

> Yeah, that must be what happened. Do you know the corresponding
> windows command or where I can look em up?

umm... You quoted (amongst everything else and her dog) the answer to your
own question:

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