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1Git - the stupid content tracker
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4"git" can mean anything, depending on your mood.
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6 - random three-letter combination that is pronounceable, and not
7 actually used by any common UNIX command. The fact that it is a
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9 - stupid. contemptible and despicable. simple. Take your pick from the
10 dictionary of slang.
11 - "global information tracker": you're in a good mood, and it actually
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13 - "goddamn idiotic truckload of sh*t": when it breaks
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15Git is a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an
16unusually rich command set that provides both high-level operations
17and full access to internals.
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19Git is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public
20License version 2 (some parts of it are under different licenses,
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21compatible with the GPLv2). It was originally written by Linus
22Torvalds with help of a group of hackers around the net.
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61649720 24Please read the file [INSTALL][] for installation instructions.
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26Many Git online resources are accessible from http://git-scm.com/
27including full documentation and Git related tools.
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29See [Documentation/gittutorial.txt][] to get started, then see
30[Documentation/giteveryday.txt][] for a useful minimum set of commands, and
31[Documentation/git-commandname.txt][] for documentation of each command.
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32If git has been correctly installed, then the tutorial can also be
33read with "man gittutorial" or "git help tutorial", and the
34documentation of each command with "man git-commandname" or "git help
35commandname".
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61649720 37CVS users may also want to read [Documentation/gitcvs-migration.txt][]
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38("man gitcvs-migration" or "git help cvs-migration" if git is
39installed).
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41The user discussion and development of Git take place on the Git
42mailing list -- everyone is welcome to post bug reports, feature
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61649720 44[Documentation/SubmittingPatches][] for instructions on patch submission).
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45To subscribe to the list, send an email with just "subscribe git" in
46the body to majordomo@vger.kernel.org. The mailing list archives are
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47available at http://news.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/,
48http://marc.info/?l=git and other archival sites.
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50The maintainer frequently sends the "What's cooking" reports that
51list the current status of various development topics to the mailing
52list. The discussion following them give a good reference for
53project status, development direction and remaining tasks.
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55[INSTALL]: INSTALL
56[Documentation/gittutorial.txt]: Documentation/gittutorial.txt
57[Documentation/giteveryday.txt]: Documentation/giteveryday.txt
58[Documentation/git-commandname.txt]: Documentation/git-commandname.txt
59[Documentation/gitcvs-migration.txt]: Documentation/gitcvs-migration.txt
60[Documentation/SubmittingPatches]: Documentation/SubmittingPatches