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Bash for Windows, Sourcetree, and Git

Tristan Vroom
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August 26, 2016

Any way to get them to play nicely together?

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jrcharney
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October 23, 2016

I  think what he means is (and this is something I am interested in too), is there a way to have Sourcetree work with the version of git that is installed with the Windows Subshell for Linux (WSL)?

gitk, a software program similar to what Sourcetree does, can work for WSL, but only if Xming X Server for Windows (Xming) is installed OUTSIDE of Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (BUW).  This page provides a good explanation on how to set gitk and Xming.

I personally would like to see an ncurses interface like with tig, especially since I like to use the command line.

However, if you've got a boss like mine who insists on having you use Sourcetree, then by all means, let's keep pushing Atlassian to make a version of Sourcetree for Linux that can also work for WSL/BUW in the near future.

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Sam Denty
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September 26, 2017

Gitbash for Windows has come a long way. 

https://git-for-windows.github.io/

I use this on my Windows System.  

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Isaac Brown
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September 25, 2017

You can use GitWrap (https://github.com/ardevd/gitwrap/releases). It is a tiny program that just pipes git command line to WSL and pipes the output back out to whatever called it.

Keep in mind that you'll be working in /mnt, so you'll have to update the repository paths.

andrew
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November 13, 2018

any more details on how to get giwrap to work? I replaced the git.exe files but sourcetree is still unhappy

latest windows with latest WSL (Ubuntu 18.04) and latest git on WSL

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Filippo Bollini October 19, 2016

Git Bash is installed by the latest git installer for Windows (from https://git-scm.com/downloads)

Atlassian SourceTree will open Git Bash when you push the Terminal button. Make sure the "Use Git Bash as default terminal" option is set: https://confluence.atlassian.com/sourcetreekb/using-terminal-in-sourcetree-781398580.html

 

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Filippo Bollini October 19, 2016

Could you be more specific?

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tlroche August 26, 2016

caveats: I'm a Linux guy now, so

1. I haven't used Windows regularly for almost 10 years (though its ubiquity is such that I continue to use it occasionally)

2. I'm a commandline kinda guy (except for Emacs' git functionality), and know nothing about Sourcetree,

That being said: I *do* know a lot about Cygwin from when I used Windows regularly. Its feature I used most was its bash (I *am* a CLI guy), and I also used its git quite a bit, along with many other tools. So my recommendation would be,

1. Install Cygwin (if nothing else, it shows you how a package manager can work on Windows)

2. Use the Cygwin bash and git from its shell. It's *always* good to have a commandline, if only for fallback.

3. Determine how to make Sourcetree call Cygwin's bash and git.

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