y_natsui y_natsui - 1 month ago 10
Git Question

I want to use Git via macports instead of Apple Git

I'd like to use the latest version Git via macports instead of Apple Git. But when I type

git --version
on terminal app, it displays Apple Git version.

Could you tell me how to use the latest version git on Mac?

Answer

I assume that you have xCode and macports installed and properly working. In order to use macports git first you have to install it:

sudo port install git

And then add this line to your to .profile file in your home directory:

export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH

Something like this echo "export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH" >> $HOME/.profile" should do it.

As a last step you must source the .profile or .bash_profile for these changes to take effect like this: source $HOME/.profile.

To summarize, open the terminal on MacOSX and type:

$ sudo port install git
$ echo "export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH" >> $HOME/.profile
$ source .profile
$ which git
/opt/local/bin/git

Every time you load the shell the MacPorts path should be available. In case this doesn't work, try using .bash_profile or .bashrc to save the environment $PATH variable.

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