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May 18, 2012
[OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
I remember back when we were considering whether to move DMD, 
Phobos and druntime from SVN on DSource to Git on GitHub, there 
were some concerns about using Git on Windows.  People claimed 
that Git was a very Linux-centric tool, and that Windows support 
was buggy at best.

Still, we made the switch, and I haven't really registered that 
many complaints since.  So now I'm curious:  Windows users, have 
you just resigned, or did Git actually turn out to work well on 
Windows?  Specifically, is it usable from the CMD command line, 
and are graphical front-ends such as TortoiseGit any good?  (I 
know running it through Cygwin works well, but that doesn't 
count.)

-Lars
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
I couldn't git it working at first, but it wasn't too bad when it 
finally worked. :P


Mainly, what you need is for someone to spend 15 minutes and 
explain to you how the push/pull/commit/etc. model works, how 
many stores/repositories are there and why, etc... when a friend 
of mine did that, it was easy enough to understand (though doing 
it with git-bash is still annoying).
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
Are you happy with Windows? :-P
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
On 18/05/12 09:58, Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
> Still, we made the switch, and I haven't really registered that many complaints
> since. So now I'm curious: Windows users, have you just resigned, or did Git
> actually turn out to work well on Windows?

I'm mostly a Linux-user, but I have played with Git on Windows and don't recall 
it being particularly different from the Linux experience.  I'd have thought the 
main issue would be that Windows-oriented people aren't used to using 
command-line stuff (in my experience this can extend to devs as well as regular 
users).
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
In my experience, TortoiseGIT is rather awkward to use. Anyone looking 
for a GUI for git should have a look at SmartGIT. It is commercial but 
zero cost for non-commercial use, available for Win/Mac/Linux and I 
don't know any other GUI that comes even close in quality.

I guess there will always be some expert operations that require using 
the git CLI. This is just as usable on Windows as it is on Unix, but 
Windows users tend to avoid CLI in general. Anyhow, a user who migrates 
from SVN to GIT would not even miss that kind of operations.

In general I don't see any aspect where GIT is less adapted to Windows 
than any other version control.



On 18.05.2012 09:58, Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
> I remember back when we were considering whether to move DMD, Phobos and
> druntime from SVN on DSource to Git on GitHub, there were some concerns
> about using Git on Windows. People claimed that Git was a very
> Linux-centric tool, and that Windows support was buggy at best.
>
> Still, we made the switch, and I haven't really registered that many
> complaints since. So now I'm curious: Windows users, have you just
> resigned, or did Git actually turn out to work well on Windows?
> Specifically, is it usable from the CMD command line, and are graphical
> front-ends such as TortoiseGit any good? (I know running it through
> Cygwin works well, but that doesn't count.)
>
> -Lars
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
On 5/18/2012 4:58 PM, Lars T. Kyllingstad wrote:
> I remember back when we were considering whether to move DMD, Phobos and
> druntime from SVN on DSource to Git on GitHub, there were some concerns
> about using Git on Windows. People claimed that Git was a very
> Linux-centric tool, and that Windows support was buggy at best.
>
> Still, we made the switch, and I haven't really registered that many
> complaints since. So now I'm curious: Windows users, have you just
> resigned, or did Git actually turn out to work well on Windows?
> Specifically, is it usable from the CMD command line, and are graphical
> front-ends such as TortoiseGit any good? (I know running it through
> Cygwin works well, but that doesn't count.)
>
> -Lars

I use it through Git Bash, which is part of the Git for Windows[1] 
package and isn't much different from a Linux command line. Once I got a 
grip on the basic git commands, I've had no problems with it at all. In 
fact, I actually cringe when I have to go back to subversion now and again.

[1] http://msysgit.github.com/
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
Am 18.05.2012 09:58, schrieb Lars T. Kyllingstad:
> I remember back when we were considering whether to move DMD,
> Phobos and druntime from SVN on DSource to Git on GitHub, there
> were some concerns about using Git on Windows.  People claimed
> that Git was a very Linux-centric tool, and that Windows support
> was buggy at best.

SmartGit is the best
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
I'm windows exclusive, and I like git. I recently switched most of my
personal projects to git from svn, I'm generally enjoying using git a lot
more these days.

Command line works fine, although windows users don't like to do that.
TortoiseGit works, it's alright. I use it for most tasks, and the command
line for things Tortoise doesn't have buttons for (a surprising number of
trivial tasks).
As a windows user, git is not a problem anymore.

On 18 May 2012 10:58, Lars T. Kyllingstad <public@kyllingen.net> wrote:

> I remember back when we were considering whether to move DMD, Phobos and
> druntime from SVN on DSource to Git on GitHub, there were some concerns
> about using Git on Windows.  People claimed that Git was a very
> Linux-centric tool, and that Windows support was buggy at best.
>
> Still, we made the switch, and I haven't really registered that many
> complaints since.  So now I'm curious:  Windows users, have you just
> resigned, or did Git actually turn out to work well on Windows?
>  Specifically, is it usable from the CMD command line, and are graphical
> front-ends such as TortoiseGit any good?  (I know running it through Cygwin
> works well, but that doesn't count.)
>
> -Lars
>
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
On 18 May 2012 11:38, Ary Manzana <ary@esperanto.org.ar> wrote:

> Are you happy with Windows? :-P
>

Completely.
May 18, 2012
Re: [OT] Windows users: Are you happy with git?
On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM, Manu <turkeyman@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 18 May 2012 11:38, Ary Manzana <ary@esperanto.org.ar> wrote:
>
>> Are you happy with Windows? :-P
>>
>
> Completely.
>

I am too. Also I like to be able to program in any OS and then compile on
any too. I don't mind differences as far as I can work... and play.

git on windows now is less worst than before but as mentionned here it is
still awkward to us, without specific reasons on the top of my head.

So far I use only Mercurial when I have choice.
That said, knowing the subtile differences between the two, I'm still open
to use git on non-windows projects I have.

I think I will try fossil on some pet projects too.

Joel Lamotte
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