Re: [ANNOUNCE] Git for Windows 2.16.1(3)
- Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2018 17:17:25 +0100 (STD)
- From: Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@xxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Git for Windows 2.16.1(3)
Dear Git for Windows SDK users,
[This mail only concerns the *SDK* of Git for Windows, i.e. the build
environment to work on, and contribute to, Git for Windows.]
On Tue, 6 Feb 2018, Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> Changes since Git for Windows v2.16.1(2) (February 2nd 2018)
> New Features
> * Git for Windows' SDK packages are now hosted on Azure Blobs, fixing
> part of issue #1479.
To clarify what this means for any developer who wants to update or
install a Git for Windows SDK, here is some guidance.
# Fixing existing SDKs
You can fix your existing SDK (if you installed it successfully before
Friday, February 2nd 2018) by downloading either
for 64-bit SDKs, or
for 32-bit SDKs,
and then executing `pacman -U <downloaded-file>`. This will have the main
effect of updating your `/etc/pacman.conf` so that a subsequent `pacman
-Syu` will find the new home of Git for Windows' Pacman repositories.
# Initializing a new SDK
If you did not yet have a working SDK, the [installer as per Git for
Windows' home page](https://gitforwindows.org/#download-sdk) will not work
(I hope that we get all of this sorted out this week).
The idea is to support a completely new, more robust method of obtaining a
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/git-for-windows/git-sdk-64
(or `.../git-sdk-32` for 32-bit setups) and then call `git-bash.exe` in
the top-level directory of the checkout.
(These repositories are essentially synchronized by a scheduled job
running on Visual Studio Team Services, and the set of installed packages
was chosen so as to support the most common operations developer would
want to perform in a Git for Windows SDK.)
This does already work!
But you still have to clone https://github.com/git-for-windows/git
manually for the time being (preferred checkout location: /usr/src/git),
and maybe also https://github.com/git-for-windows/build-extra.
## Future work
I plan on doing a couple more things in the git-sdk-* repositories, and
every bit of help with those tasks will be greatly appreciated:
- add a `README.md` explaining the purpose, the most common operations,
context and design
so that it auto-initializes the `git`, `build-extra`, `MINGW-packages` and
`MSYS2-packages` worktrees in `/usr/src`: they should only be `git
init`'ed and `git add remote origin ...`, but *not* fetching anything yet.
They can then be initialized on demand by e.g. `git -C /usr/src/git pull
- ensure that a regular clone works, especially 32-bit, where some of the
files seem to be committed with incorrect line endings
- modify the git-sdk-installer to use the new method instead
- maybe add an `/etc/motd` that describes how to build stuff, how to
bundle a custom installer, how to keep the SDK up-to-date, etc. Or maybe
a helper. Dunno.
This blurb was copy-edited from
For updates on the Git for Windows SDK front, please follow that ticket!