allow installation of man and html doc from the man and html branches
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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 info ;# as yourself
9 # make prefix=/usr install install-doc install-info ;# 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 - Ancient versions of GNU Interactive Tools (pre-4.9.2) installed a
28 program "git", whose name conflicts with this program. But with
29 version 4.9.2, after long hiatus without active maintenance (since
30 around 1997), it changed its name to gnuit and the name conflict is no
31 longer a problem.
33 NOTE: When compiled with backward compatibility option, the GNU
34 Interactive Tools package still can install "git", but you can build it
35 with --disable-transition option to avoid this.
37 - You can use git after building but without installing if you
38 wanted to. Various git commands need to find other git
39 commands and scripts to do their work, so you would need to
40 arrange a few environment variables to tell them that their
41 friends will be found in your built source area instead of at
42 their standard installation area. Something like this works
43 for me:
45 GIT_EXEC_PATH=`pwd`
46 PATH=`pwd`:$PATH
47 GITPERLLIB=`pwd`/perl/blib/lib
50 - Git is reasonably self-sufficient, but does depend on a few external
51 programs and libraries:
53 - "zlib", the compression library. Git won't build without it.
55 - "openssl". Unless you specify otherwise, you'll get the SHA1
56 library from here.
58 If you don't have openssl, you can use one of the SHA1 libraries
59 that come with git (git includes the one from Mozilla, and has
60 its own PowerPC and ARM optimized ones too - see the Makefile).
62 - libcurl library; git-http-fetch and git-fetch use them. You
63 might also want the "curl" executable for debugging purposes.
64 If you do not use http transfer, you are probably OK if you
65 do not have them.
67 - expat library; git-http-push uses it for remote lock
68 management over DAV. Similar to "curl" above, this is optional.
70 - "wish", the Tcl/Tk windowing shell is used in gitk to show the
71 history graphically, and in git-gui.
73 - "ssh" is used to push and pull over the net
75 - "perl" and POSIX-compliant shells are needed to use most of
76 the bare-bones Porcelainish scripts.
78 - Some platform specific issues are dealt with Makefile rules,
79 but depending on your specific installation, you may not
80 have all the libraries/tools needed, or you may have
81 necessary libraries at unusual locations. Please look at the
82 top of the Makefile to see what can be adjusted for your needs.
83 You can place local settings in config.mak and the Makefile
84 will include them. Note that config.mak is not distributed;
85 the name is reserved for local settings.
87 - To build and install documentation suite, you need to have
88 the asciidoc/xmlto toolchain. Because not many people are
89 inclined to install the tools, the default build target
90 ("make all") does _not_ build them.
92 Building and installing the info file additionally requires
93 makeinfo and docbook2X. Version 0.8.3 is known to work.
95 The documentation is written for AsciiDoc 7, but "make
96 ASCIIDOC8=YesPlease doc" will let you format with AsciiDoc 8.
98 Alternatively, pre-formatted documentation are available in
99 "html" and "man" branches of the git repository itself. For
100 example, you could:
102 $ mkdir manual && cd manual
103 $ git init
104 $ git fetch-pack git:// man html |
105 while read a b
106 do
107 echo $a >.git/$b
108 done
109 $ cp .git/refs/heads/man .git/refs/heads/master
110 $ git checkout
112 to checkout the pre-built man pages. Also in this repository:
114 $ git checkout html
116 would instead give you a copy of what you see at:
120 There are also "make quick-install-doc" and "make quick-install-html"
121 which install preformatted man pages and html documentation.
122 This does not require asciidoc/xmlto, but it only works from within
123 a cloned checkout of git.git with these two extra branches, and will
124 not work for the maintainer for obvious chicken-and-egg reasons.
126 It has been reported that docbook-xsl version 1.72 and 1.73 are
127 buggy; 1.72 misformats manual pages for callouts, and 1.73 needs
128 the patch in contrib/patches/docbook-xsl-manpages-charmap.patch