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I am using SourceTree (, and I absolutely love it. The thing that puzzles me is the version of Git that is being used. The command prompt says

> Welcome to Git (version 1.8.4-preview20130916) shows 1.9.4 as being the latest release for Windows.

My question is, why is a release that's over a year old being used? Was there a change in 1.9 that is incompatible? Performance reason?

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Hi Edward

The version of Git installed on machines that interact with Stash must be compatible with the version of Git installed for use by the Stash server.

Please go through following links which will brief your understanding.

  • cross Git 1.7.1 is not supported.
  • warning Git 1.8.3.x has some performance regressions which may cause problems in Stash with large repositories
  • cross is not supported due to a critical bug in how symbolic refs are handled which breaks pushing and pulling for repositories with pull requests. (Details)
    STASH-4101 - Clone and fetch fail with "protocol error: impossibly long line" Closed
  • cross 2.0.2 and 2.0.3 are not supported due to a critical bug in git diff-tree which breaks Stash's commit page. (Details)
    STASH-5052 - Commit messages are wrong when using Git 2.0.2 and 2.0.3 Closed
  • cross Cygwin: Cygwin Git is not supported for use on Windows servers, regardless of version.
  • warning XenServer can cause msysgit to crash when XenServer Tools is installed. (Details)

@Rahul Danwade - Thank you! That's exactly the type of answer I was looking for.

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Timothy Chin Community Champion Nov 15, 2014

Not sure why but I am sure you know that you can install the latest Git on your client and use the system Git instead of the embedded Git.

You can switch from embedded to system git in Tools\Options\Git

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