Dear Blog,

Setting up git (Version Control System) really did suck on Windows. It wasn’t a simple install this package, and all your problems are solved. I had major issues trying to use PuTTy, plink, and copSSH, which I believe most people use if they are using git on windows. I’m doing the cygwin approach. It’s soo much easier (to me at least). Setting up the server kind of sucks, but the client is easy. I’ll show how to setup the client today, and put up another post very shortly on how to setup a git server on windows using these exact same files.

Step 1 – Download and install Cygwin

Download cygwin from http://www.cygwin.com/ (Even Quicker Link)

  • Run setup.exe
  • Click Next >
  • Select Install from Internet. Click Next >
  • Keep Root Directory C:cygwin, and Select All Users (RECOMMENDED). Click Next >
  • Personally, I change Local Package Directory to C:cygwinpackages. But wherever is fine.
  • Select Direct Connection, Click Next >
  • Select a mirror (I use http://mirror.cs.vt.edu), Click Next >
  • Should get a Setup Alert, Click OK
  • Select All > Devel > git. Select All > Net > openssh. Click Next >
  • Make sure Select required packages is checked, Click Next >
  • Let it download and install
  • Click Finish
  • Run it once. You should get a unix command prompt. Type in git, and you should see a list of options. Type in ssh, and you should also get a list of options.
  • If all looks alright, you are done with Cygwin (if you are just using this as a client)

Step 2 – Download and install Git Extensions

Download gitextensions MSI file from http://code.google.com/p/gitextensions/ (Even Quicker Link)

  • Run msi installer
  • Click Next
  • Verify path is OK for you. Click Next
  • Leave default options if you want, Click Next
  • Select OpenSSH, Click Next
  • Click Install
  • Let it install
  • Click Finish
  • Note: If you are prompted to install msysgit and kdiff3, just install kdiff3… otherwise download and install kdiff3 (or whatever diff software you like)

Step 3 – Setup Git Extensions

  • Run Git Extensions
  • Select English (if you perfer) – The UK flag!
  • In settings (which should pop up right away) Select the Git tab
    • Set command used to run git as C:cygwinbingit.exe
    • Set Path to linux tools as C:cygwinbin
  • Select Global settings
    • Set perferred username and user email
  • Select Ssh
    • Ensure OpenSSH is selected

Step 4 – Use Git

  • Click Clone repository
  • For Repository to clone, type in your server or directory (ie ssh://username@my.server.com/git/test.git)
  • Set Destination and subdirectory appropriately. Click Clone.
  • Log into your SSH server.
  • Click OK on success (I hope!)
  • Click Yes to view your repository.
  • You will only have to log into your SSH on every push (not for every commit)
  • Now get to work!

So, I know the issues I ran into using the putty, plink, msysgit may not be normal. But it definitely was a problem for me. So, here is my how-to on Cygwin and Git Extension, and I love this setup. I’ll get to that server how-to in the next couple of days. Later!

– ETdoFresh