On 20 September 2014 08:23, Joanna Gunst <joannagu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Complete newbie here.
> I believe I just installed Git on my home computer but when I double click
> on it all I get is the code window. I did configure in my name and email as
> I believed that was the first step but now what.
> All I get is still just the code window. I guess I was expecting the
> interface that might look something like this:
> http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=git+program&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=git+program&sc=8-11&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=190F433C0D634694130EF23511BD6539DDBD3ABF&selectedIndex=26
> Obviously I am missing something.
> Please advise.

Hi Joanna

git by itself is purely a command-line-interface tool. If you want to
use it by mouse then you will also need to install one or more
additional tools that provide a graphical user interface (GUI) that
drives the underlying git.

The git project provides two of these, git-gui and gitk, they each do
different things. They are all I use personally for all my work. There
are many more to choose from, see for example:

So if you want a particular GUI interface to git, you will need to
find out its name and install it separately.

Also be aware that there are many vastly different computing
environments, and so you can't assume that ours are like yours in any
way. When you write "on my home computer when I double click on it",
unfortunately that provides insufficient information to assist you. We
can't help unless you describe your system exactly: Mac/Windows/Linux/
environment/version, screenshot, etc. "Installing" will be different
on all those systems. For example, I never "double click" on anything
when I use git. So even though I have been using git for years, your
problem description is unclear to me.

It was helpful communication to show us an image of what you expected,
but next time you might get more response if you simply link direct to
the image instead of to a proprietary search engine (bing.com) that
then requires us to run its javascript just to see your image. Git
comes from the world of truly free (liberated) software, and many
people who create, use and advocate truly free software do avoid or
disdain the use of such proprietary/nonfree code and will not touch
your link. I clicked it reluctantly as a favour :)

If you find a online tutorial and work through it, that also can
provide a good context for asking questions about aspects you're not
understanding. See content and links at http://git-scm.com/doc

You might also get some helpful advice if you take a step back and
explain to us why you installed git, and what you hope to use it for.

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