How to Install and Configure Git on Fedora 22

Introduction

Git is a widely adopted, distributed version control system (VCS) and open source. It’s commonly used for source code management (SCM), with sites like GitHub offering a social coding experience, and popular projects such as Perl, Ruby on Rails, and the Linux kernel using it.

Pre-Flight Check

  • These instructions are intended for installing Git on Fedora 22.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Self Managed Fedora 22 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

If you’re using CentOS 7, then refer to this tutorial on installing git on CentOS 7.

Installation

First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the existing packages are up to date before installing anything new.

dnf -y update

Then it’s a matter of just running one command for installation via yum:

dnf -y install git

Once this command is complete, git will be installed and ready to use!

As of the writing of this tutorial, the current version of Git available in the Liquid Web dnf repositories is: git version 2.1.0. You can check the version of git that was installed by using the following command:

git --version

Configuration

To prevent any commit errors, it’s a good idea to setup your user for git. Using the –global option specifies global configuration settings.

git config --global user.name "testuser"
git config --global user.email "testuser@example.com"

Next we’ll verify the configuration changes by viewing the .gitconfig.

git config --list

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