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2 Git installation
4 Normally you can just do "make" followed by "make install", and that
5 will install the git programs in your own ~/bin/ directory. If you want
6 to do a global install, you can do
8 $ make prefix=/usr all doc ;# as yourself
9 # make prefix=/usr install install-doc ;# as root
11 (or prefix=/usr/local, of course). Just like any program suite
12 that uses $prefix, the built results have some paths encoded,
13 which are derived from $prefix, so "make all; make prefix=/usr
14 install" would not work.
16 Alternatively you can use autoconf generated ./configure script to
17 set up install paths (via config.mak.autogen), so you can write instead
19 $ make configure ;# as yourself
20 $ ./configure --prefix=/usr ;# as yourself
21 $ make all doc ;# as yourself
22 # make install install-doc ;# as root
25 Issues of note:
27 - git normally installs a helper script wrapper called "git", which
28 conflicts with a similarly named "GNU interactive tools" program.
30 Tough. Either don't use the wrapper script, or delete the old GNU
31 interactive tools. None of the core git stuff needs the wrapper,
32 it's just a convenient shorthand and while it is documented in some
33 places, you can always replace "git commit" with "git-commit"
34 instead.
36 But let's face it, most of us don't have GNU interactive tools, and
37 even if we had it, we wouldn't know what it does. I don't think it
38 has been actively developed since 1997, and people have moved over to
39 graphical file managers.
41 - You can use git after building but without installing if you
42 wanted to. Various git commands need to find other git
43 commands and scripts to do their work, so you would need to
44 arrange a few environment variables to tell them that their
45 friends will be found in your built source area instead of at
46 their standard installation area. Something like this works
47 for me:
49 GIT_EXEC_PATH=`pwd`
50 PATH=`pwd`:$PATH
51 GITPERLLIB=`pwd`/perl/blib/lib
54 - Git is reasonably self-sufficient, but does depend on a few external
55 programs and libraries:
57 - "zlib", the compression library. Git won't build without it.
59 - "openssl". The git-rev-list program uses bignum support from
60 openssl, and unless you specify otherwise, you'll also get the
61 SHA1 library from here.
63 If you don't have openssl, you can use one of the SHA1 libraries
64 that come with git (git includes the one from Mozilla, and has
65 its own PowerPC and ARM optimized ones too - see the Makefile).
67 - "libcurl" and "curl" executable. git-http-fetch and
68 git-fetch use them. If you do not use http
69 transfer, you are probably OK if you do not have
70 them.
72 - expat library; git-http-push uses it for remote lock
73 management over DAV. Similar to "curl" above, this is optional.
75 - "GNU diff" to generate patches. Of course, you don't _have_ to
76 generate patches if you don't want to, but let's face it, you'll
77 be wanting to. Or why did you get git in the first place?
79 Non-GNU versions of the diff/patch programs don't generally support
80 the unified patch format (which is the one git uses), so you
81 really do want to get the GNU one. Trust me, you will want to
82 do that even if it wasn't for git. There's no point in living
83 in the dark ages any more.
85 - "merge", the standard UNIX three-way merge program. It usually
86 comes with the "rcs" package on most Linux distributions, so if
87 you have a developer install you probably have it already, but a
88 "graphical user desktop" install might have left it out.
90 You'll only need the merge program if you do development using
91 git, and if you only use git to track other peoples work you'll
92 never notice the lack of it.
94 - "wish", the Tcl/Tk windowing shell is used in gitk to show the
95 history graphically
97 - "ssh" is used to push and pull over the net
99 - "perl" and POSIX-compliant shells are needed to use most of
100 the barebone Porcelainish scripts.
102 - "python" 2.3 or more recent; if you have 2.3, you may need
103 to build with "make WITH_OWN_SUBPROCESS_PY=YesPlease".
105 - Some platform specific issues are dealt with Makefile rules,
106 but depending on your specific installation, you may not
107 have all the libraries/tools needed, or you may have
108 necessary libraries at unusual locations. Please look at the
109 top of the Makefile to see what can be adjusted for your needs.
110 You can place local settings in config.mak and the Makefile
111 will include them. Note that config.mak is not distributed;
112 the name is reserved for local settings.
114 - To build and install documentation suite, you need to have the
115 asciidoc/xmlto toolchain. Alternatively, pre-formatted
116 documentation are available in "html" and "man" branches of the git
117 repository itself. For example, you could:
119 $ mkdir manual && cd manual
120 $ git init-db
121 $ git fetch-pack git:// man html |
122 while read a b
123 do
124 echo $a >.git/$b
125 done
126 $ cp .git/refs/heads/man .git/refs/heads/master
127 $ git checkout
129 to checkout the pre-built man pages. Also in this repository:
131 $ git checkout html
133 would instead give you a copy of what you see at: