Git push failed with error: “GitLab: Author not member of team”

It’s not git push that’s using your username + hostname, it’s git commit.

By default, if you did not set and BEFORE making a commit, git will get it from your computer name and hostname. It would also have shown you a warning like this:

Committer: user1234 <[email protected]>
Your name and email address were configured automatically based
on your username and hostname. Please check that they are accurate.
You can suppress this message by setting them explicitly:

    git config --global "Your Name"
    git config --global [email protected]

After doing this, you may fix the identity used for this commit with:

    git commit --amend --reset-author

 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 file1.txt

When you do git push, it would just use whatever was set as the commit author and push it to the remote repo.

What I think happened, is that you already committed BEFORE you set the correct and settings. So those commits you’re trying to push already has that invalid user details “SamL[email protected]” saved as the commit author.

What you need to do then is to update the author of the previous commits.

First, make sure to properly set the and config (--global or --local to the repo), otherwise known as your Git identity.

git config --global "yourname"
git config --global "[email protected]"

Set it now to the correct identity that matches the user account of your Gitlab repo.

Then use --reset-author on those commits.

  • To modify the author of only the most recent commit:
    git commit --amend --reset-author --no-edit
  • To modify the author of multiple past commits:
    (reference: How to amend several commits in Git to change author)

    git rebase -i HEAD~N -x "git commit --amend --reset-author --no-edit"

    where N is the number of previous commits you need to update. The rebase -i will show a command line editor to show you the changes, and --reset-author will use your current user.* settings. Just save and quit to apply to changes.

After that, git push should now work.

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