Ringing the changes

“One big release”: Git 1.9 is officially here

JAX Editorial Team
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Newly polished version drops, with old and obsolete statements yanked out, add-ons, and coding changes.

Version 1.9 of Git – a free and open source
distributed version control system capable of handling diverse
projects quickly and efficiently – is now
available.




Git distribution

Continuing an established pattern of ‘big’ releases,
Git 1.9 offers a multitude of fixes and cleanups. Along with these
new additions, old and outmoded statements such as repo-config
tar-tree, lost-found and peek-remote have been stripped out –
all the better to make way for various new features.

The devs behind this release note that
various bugfixes
have been implemented to remote-bzr and
remote-hg. Moreover, two-level configuration variable names in
“branch.*” and “remote.*” now work as they should.

String statements passed to “git submodule foreach”
now go through to the shell without undergoing any evaluation – a
behavior that is not backward compatible with earlier versions of
Git.

On the new additions side, the “git difftool” shows
how many different paths there are in total and how many of them
were already taken into account in the progress bar.

There are also some changes in tag
meanings
. The ‐‐tags option in git fetch now fetches tags as
well as what is fetched by the same command without the option.

Fetching from shallowly-cloned repositories, a
previously forbidden function, is now cricket – but note that the
receiver now becomes a shallow repository with a truncated history
too.

Performance improvements for the planned 2.0 release will also
make it into the Git-1.9 version. For an overview of all new
features, you can take a look at the full
Release Notes on GitHub
. To get a more overarching introduction
to the technology, we highly recommend taking a look at  Ben
Straub’s awesome tutorial, which explains exactly why “Git is
simple
“.

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