Cygwin sucks. Badly. Particularly on Windows 7, where it’s plagued by the infamous rebaseall bug. As if that weren’t enough cygwin’s git port is terribly slow, and so rather frustrating to use.
Luckily, msysgit offers a fast, well-supported, drop-in replacement version of git for Windows, complete with a nice, clean installer, that fits much better into the Windows ecosystem.
But, alas, it’s not without it’s issues, and so here I’m trying to collect what little tidbits I’m learning as I make the transition.
Using Pageant as your ssh-agent
Set the environment variable GIT_SSH to:
"<path to putty>\plink.exe"
And include the quotes! This is related to an issue in git-svn that I’ll mention later.
You need to grab the entire folder and drop it into
To use kdiff3 as a mergetool, run:
git config --global mergetool.kdiff3.path <path to kdiff3.exe> git config --global merge.tool kdiff3
There’s a bug in git-svn with mergeinfo that can bite you in any version past 188.8.131.52. To get around it, download the 184.108.40.206 tag from here.
Grab git-svn.perl, and replace your copy of git-svn in:
But note! This version of git-svn has a bug in it where GIT_SSH has to have quotes around it, lest things go all pear-shaped.
If you’re using a cygwin shell (like rxvt), git won’t honour the pager settings, as it can never figure out that it’s running in an interactive terminal. Naturally you can just pipe to your favourite pager by hand, but it’s tricky to get back into that habit.
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