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The Steps of Build Git with VS2008
1. You need the build environment, which contains the Git dependencies
to be able to compile, link and run Git with MSVC.
You can either use the binary repository:
Git: git clone git://
and call the setup_32bit_env.cmd batch script before compiling Git,
(see repo/package README for details), or the source repository:
Git: git clone git://
Zip: (None, as it's a project with submodules)
and build the support libs as instructed in that repo/package.
2. Ensure you have the msysgit environment in your path, so you have
GNU Make, bash and perl available.
Git: git clone git://
This environment is also needed when you use the resulting
executables, since Git might need to run scripts which are part of
the git operations.
3. Inside Git's directory run the command:
make common-cmds.h
to generate the common-cmds.h file needed to compile git.
4. Then either build Git with the GNU Make Makefile in the Git projects
make MSVC=1
or generate Visual Studio solution/projects (.sln/.vcproj) with the
perl contrib/buildsystems/generate -g Vcproj
and open and build the solution with the IDE
devenv git.sln /useenv
or build with the IDE build engine directly from the command line
devenv git.sln /useenv /build "Release|Win32"
The /useenv option is required, so Visual Studio picks up the
environment variables for the support libraries required to build
Git, which you set up in step 1.