On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 05:24:33PM +0200, Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> Marat, please do not add to the confusion. "msysGit" is the name of the
> *development environment* for developing Git for Windows.

This confusion comes from the fact that major part of msysGit is packaged
with Git for Windows to be used at runtime.

If you insist on msysGit-is-a-development-environment, you have to admit
that msysGit is technically a fork of msys.

My approach undoes this fork step and uses upstream runtime environment
as-is, be it msys, msys2, Cygwin or even SUA [1]. I could even make it a
noop and say "dear user, I don't care how, but please put sh/awk/find/etc
on PATH to make Git work, like things normally happen in *nix world".

Actually, even if Git was pure C, things like `git filter-branch` would
be almost useless without coreutils & friends.

> After all, there is no reason for yet another fork.

If there wasn't, mingwGitDevEnv would not be started.

I'd say I am doing a 'rebase' instead of 'fork' by using codebase of
Git for Windows (upstream Git sources with Windows-specific patches)
but replacing msysGit-provided runtime environment with another one.

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Services_for_UNIX
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