Thanks for the HOWTO, Jeff, but it gives me problems in step 4.
I checked out your latest git source today and "make install"ed it as part of your instructions and at step 4 I get:


$ git checkout -f
error: cannot map sha1 file f8640c306db2d583b9a30f2e52f8fb0a4cf624e0
fatal: failed to unpack tree object a92b7b80579fe68fe229892815c750f6652eb6a9

$ cat .git/HEAD
a92b7b80579fe68fe229892815c750f6652eb6a9

Naturally I have no idea what f8640c306db2d583b9a30f2e52f8fb0a4cf624e0 refers to.

Step 3:
$ git-pull-script \
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git

said I was already up to date.

Variations on step 4:

$ git-read-tree -m HEAD
or
$ git-read-tree a92b7b80579fe68fe229892815c750f6652eb6a9
also fail in the same way.

My linux-2.6 directory only has one entry, .git, containing about 75M of files.

Sam

Jeff Garzik wrote:

Things in git-land are moving at lightning speed, and usability has improved a lot since my post a month ago: http://lkml.org/lkml/2005/5/26/11



1) installing git

git requires bootstrapping, since you must have git installed in order to check out git.git (git repo), and linux-2.6.git (kernel repo). I have put together a bootstrap tarball of today's git repository.

Download tarball from:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/jgarzik/git-20050622.tar.bz2

tarball build-deps:  zlib, libcurl, libcrypto (openssl)

install tarball:  unpack && make && sudo make prefix=/usr/local install

jgarzik helper scripts, not in official git distribution:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/jgarzik/git-new-branch
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/jgarzik/git-changes-script

After reading the rest of this document, come back and update your copy of git to the latest:
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/git.git


2) download a linux kernel tree for the very first time

$ mkdir -p linux-2.6/.git
$ cd linux-2.6
$ rsync -a --delete --verbose --stats --progress \
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git/ \ <- word-wrapped backslash; sigh
    .git/


3) update local kernel tree to latest 2.6.x upstream ("fast-forward merge")

$ cd linux-2.6
$ git-pull-script \
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git


4) check out files from the git repository into the working directory

$ git checkout -f


5) check in your own modifications (e.g. do some hacking, or apply a patch)

# go to repo
$ cd linux-2.6

# make some modifications
$ patch -sp1 < /tmp/my.patch
$ diffstat -p1 < /tmp/my.patch

# NOTE: add '--add' and/or '--remove' if files were added or removed
$ git-update-cache <list of all files changed>

# check in changes
$ git commit


6) List all changes in working dir, in diff format.

$ git-diff-cache -p HEAD


7) List all changesets (i.e. show each cset's description text) in local branch of local tree, that are not present in remote tree.

$ cd my-kernel-tree-2.6
$ git-changes-script -L ../linux-2.6 | less


8) List all changesets:

$ git-whatchanged


9) apply all patches in a Berkeley mbox-format file

First, download and add to your PATH Linus's git tools:
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/git-tools.git

$ cd my-kernel-tree-2.6
$ dotest /path/to/mbox  # yes, Linus has no taste in naming scripts


10) don't forget to download tags from time to time.

git-pull-script only downloads sha1-indexed object data, and the requested remote head. This misses updates to the .git/refs/tags/ and .git/refs/heads directories. It is advisable to update your kernel .git directories periodically with a full rsync command, to make sure you got everything:

$ cd linux-2.6
$ rsync -a --delete --verbose --stats --progress \
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git/
\          <- word-wrapped backslash; sigh
    .git/


11) list all branches, such as those found in my netdev-2.6 or libata-dev trees.

Download
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jgarzik/netdev-2.6.git
    or
rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jgarzik/libata-dev.git


$ cd netdev-2.6
$ ls .git/refs/heads/

{ these are the current netdev-2.6 branches }

8139cp       forcedeth    master     qeth           smc91x         we18
8139too-iomap  for-linus    natsemi      r8169      smc91x-eeprom  wifi
airo           hdlc         ns83820      register-netdev  starfire
atmel          ieee80211    orinoco      remove-drivers   tlan
chelsio        iff-running  orinoco-hch  sis900           veth
dm9000         janitor      ppp          skge             viro



12) make desired branch current in working directory

$ git checkout -f $branch


13) create a new branch, and make it current

$ cp .git/refs/heads/master .git/refs/heads/my-new-branch-name
$ git checkout -f my-new-branch-name


14) examine which branch is current

$ ls -l .git/HEAD


15) undo all local modifications (same as checkout):

$ git checkout -f


16) obtain a diff between current branch, and master branch

In most trees WITH BRANCHES, .git/refs/heads/master contains the current 'vanilla' upstream tree, for easy diffing and merging. (in trees without branches, 'master' simply contains your latest changes)

$ git-diff-tree -p master HEAD


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