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Since the git config is not for all eternity (can be changed at any time), just pick any editor you like, and that can be launched from the command line by typing a command. Git will then invoke that command whenever it wants you to edit something, such as a commit message. Emacs and vim are editors that will open right inside the CLI (Terminal on Mac OS X), while other editors and IDEs will open in a separate window.
You mentioned TextEdit on Mac OS X, however I’d recommend picking a more code-focused one, such as the free TextWrangler or the hip cool new Atom editor by GitHub (the latter has some bugs and can be slow to start though). Both will let you install a command that’ll launch the editor (it’s
edit for TextWrangler, and
atom for Atom), which you can then add to the Git config with
git config --global core.editor "edit --wait --resume "$@""