Git 18.104.22.168 from git on ubuntu
I really like git. It has an excellent suite of tools bundled with it from the start and it gets lots of updates and active development. Today I was looking at the latest git version (1.7.4) because I was installing it on a new machine and, as usual with new versions of things, I perused the release notes. What really caught my eye was this:
* "git log -G<pattern>" limits the output to commits whose change has added or deleted lines that match the given pattern.
I don’t know about you guys, but I fake that feature 2 or 3 times a month by just doing git log -p | grep foo -C50. It’s not nearly as nice as it catches other things, breaks color, etc. Anyway, I decided that instead of waiting for my already non-standard ubuntu repo to catch up, I’d just build it.
First, I checked out git with my installed git:
git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/git/git.git
That will take a while, so while that’s going on install
build-essential autoconf asciidoc libcurl4-openssl-dev gettext
Note that asciidoc tries to pull in a ton of TeX junk. Don’t let it, you don’t need that at all.
Once that’s done do something like the following:
make configure ./configure --prefix=/opt --with-libpcre make -j5 all make doc html sudo make install install-doc install-html
I used the prefix because I’d rather not install on top of my existing stuff; you might want to install to home.
--with-libpcre lets you use perl compatible regular expressions in
git grep. For some reason you can build the code in parallel (
-j5 all) but not the docs (
Anyway, after doing that ensure that $prefix/bin is in your path and enjoy a brand new git!
If you’re interested in learning more about Git, I cannot recommend Pro Git enough. It’s an excellent book that will explain how to use Git day-to-day, how to do more unusual things like set up Git hosting, and underlying data structures that will make the model that is Git make more sense.Posted Wed, Mar 2, 2011