That was a useful start, I also realised I hadn't made sure I'd checked out the 
right working tree (my repo has both the Msysgit version and Junio's versio). 
The /usr/local/bin directory was empty, but at least I've now got a clue as to 
where to start looking, and I've now checked may path is set up ;-) .
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  From: John McKown 
  To: git-users@googlegroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2013 5:56 PM
  Subject: Re: [git-users] Compiling Git on Linux..


  Ubuntu installed git into /usr/bin. You installed it into /usr/local/bin. 
Normally, /usr/bin is before /usr/local/bin on the PATH. You can address this 
by putting /usr/local/bin on the PATH before /usr/bin. Or you, if you want to 
replace git, use the normal Ubuntu method to uninstall git. This will remove it 
from /usr/bin, allowing the system to find your version in /usr/local/bin. 
Lastly, you can invoke your version by entering:

  /usr/local/bin/git

  On Feb 3, 2013 11:34 AM, "Philip Oakley" <philipoak...@iee.org> wrote:

    I have recently got a spare laptop and installed Linux (I've been on 
Windows since 3.1, and stuff before that) , and I'm trying to get my head 
around some of the Git install issues on Linux. In particular how to compile my 
own version of Git, separate from the installed version.

    I've got Ubuntu
    Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
    Release:        12.04
    Codename:       precise

    I used
    https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-install-git-on 
ubuntu-12-04 to confirm I had the latest update and dependencies,

    and then 'cd repos/git' where I had cloned the git source (my own repo), 
rather than getting the tar.

    I then compiled with 'make prefix=/usr/local all' and got what I think was 
a successful compile.

    However 'which -a git' gave only one result, /usr/bin/git.
    'git --version' gave 'git version 1.7.9.5' which I believe was the original 
ubuntu apt-get version.

    Where should the compiled version be?, and will it have overwritten my 
previous 'apt-get git', or have I missed out an 'install' step.

    Philip

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