Hey Tomas,
   Thanks for the detailed reply.  Yes, I had posted on Stackoverflow once 
I found a workable solution.  Today was the first day that this original 
(but doubled) posting of mine showed up, so hadn't replied here yet.  I 
posted my answer to a couple of threads I had found over there.  For those 
not inclined to browse over there, the short version is that I installed 
the Xcode command line tools by themselves.  That appears to have installed 
git v 1.8.5.  That version works fine on my machine.

I haven't messed with Homebrew at all.  Yes, I had downloaded the most 
recent installer from git-scm; it installed 1.9.2 in spite of the graphic 
showing that it was 1.9.3.

--  Justin

On Monday, June 2, 2014 3:06:08 PM UTC-7, Thomas Ferris Nicolaisen wrote:
> On Friday, May 30, 2014 7:15:47 AM UTC+2, Justin Close wrote:
>> ...
> There's often confusion when installing Git OS X, because Apple ships an 
> older version of Git with OS X (or is it with XCode? Can't remember).
> In any case, you want to find out which Git is being used, and if it's the 
> intended installation. To orient yourself, you have some commands:
> which git      # what is the first git executable in your path
> git --version  #what version is this pointing at, you'll want this to be 
> 1.9.2 I suppose
> echo $PATH     # what does the whole path look like
> Most people on OS X who want a fresh version of Git either install the one 
> they download from git-scm.com - or they install it/build it using 
> homebrew <http://brew.sh/>.
> I believe the git-scm.com installer will end up putting Git in 
> /usr/local/git/bin/git, whereas default homebrew will put it in 
> /usr/local/bin/git (I haven't got my mac here, so I can't guarantee this).
> I think the following happened: You downloaded and ran the git-scm.com 
> installer, and something in your environment (OS X version, whatever is 
> installed) ended up confusing the installer, and it got some things set up 
> wrong.
> While this installer obviously gets a lot of exposure, I'm not sure if 
> it's being so well-maintained (seeing how they are lagging a few minor 
> versions behind the other installers) for the various upgrades Apple puts 
> out there which accidentally breaks stuff. I'm sure people would be 
> grateful if you would open a ticket in their project: 
> http://sourceforge.net/p/git-osx-installer/tickets/
> I suspect most developers out there, myself included, just stick to using 
> homebrew these days, as building for your own machine is usually the safest 
> thing to do. But using homebrew and building Git still requires you to 
> install the XCode command line tools.
> Hope this gives you some bearings. Note that I haven't researched this too 
> heavily, it's just my feel of what things are like now. Sorry there's not 
> an easier way. 
> PS: Seems you did some cross posting on SO: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/a/23964601 and 
> http://stackoverflow.com/a/23964569 - including these for reference.

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