On Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:33:25 -0700
Ray Hengst <rkhen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am running a Mac 10.6.8 and tried to install git-1.9.0 off of the
> installer (git-1.9.0-intel-universal-snow-leopard.dmg). The
> installation worked fine and gave no error messages. But whenever I
> type in a git command (see below for some I tried), it gives me this
> error message:
> Illegal instruction
> I am completely new to git and mostly new of Unix, but here are some
> commands I tried:
> git
> git help
> git config
> git init
> git clean
> git config --global user.name "John Doe"
> git status
> However, typing "man git" displays typical man pages.

This has nothing to do with your problem: the `man` program is not part
of Git and presumably works; it just finds and reads the specified
manual page--which is just plain text--renders it and shows to you.
And your problem is with misbehaving Git binary.

> I do not have Xcode installed. (it's very hard to find a legacy copy);
> the "make" command also is not present, so I can't use any of the
> workarounds I saw listed.
> I uninstalled git-1.9.0 successfully using the provided script, then
> downloaded the same file again (and installed it) to make sure I
> didn't get a corrupt copy. I had the same problem, however.
> If I can provide any more information just let me know.
> Thanks for any help you can provide.

I once came across this thread [1] on SO which says this might be due
to the binaries compiled for a newer version of the OS than you have
installed.  In any case, [2] suggests the installer is prepared by the
guy behind [3], and that project's bug tracker has a bug for exactly
your problem already filed [4].  You might want to chime in there
with more details if you feel like it.

1. http://stackoverflow.com/q/14268887/720999
2. http://git-scm.com/download/mac
3. http://sourceforge.net/projects/git-osx-installer/
4. http://sourceforge.net/p/git-osx-installer/tickets/97/
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