I’ve been using Git quite a lot lately for managing my code. For those of you that don’t know, Git is a version control system, similar to SVN.
Historically, my only real experience with version control was Microsoft VSS (Visual SourceSafe). But that was back in my Windows days in a corporate environment working for the man. As an independent developer I’ve realized that I require something similar, even if it is only me that’s working on the project.
Fast forward a few years. I now use a Mac (I was about to write “I’m a Mac user”, but I’m not really… I’m pretty platform agnostic; I just happen to use a Mac). I don’t have a team of dev support personnel and a bunch of servers /development environments to aid my struggle to build a better mousetrap. It’s just me. So, after a little R&D (Research and Discussion) I decided to settle on Git.
Fast forward a few months to today. I’m now a (relatively) happy Git user. I must say I love ProjectLocker (no affiliation). But I use their free service and it gives me piece of mind as I know my code is backed up somewhere. Also, their integration with Trac makes managing changes a breeze, especially since I can give my client access to Trac and let them add/monitor tickets.
Up until today I was using GitX as my UI tool. I actually like it quite a lot. It works very well for me, and performing basic repository management is a breeze. Well a few hours ago I was talking to a friend who’s thinking about moving from SVN to Git, and he pointed me at GitNub. It looked really slick, so I decided to install it and check it out.
Well, as is the case with OSS, nothing is easy. So I decided to publish the steps required to get this bad boy working properly on OS X (10.6.4 in case it matters). Note that this assumes you already have Git working properly. This article and this article helped me a lot with that, as has/does Stack Overflow.
- Download the latest version of RubyCocoa here (or more specifically here for the exact version I’m using).
- Install RubyCocoa by opening the .dmg file and running the .pkg. Easy.
- Install grit. The easiest way to do this is to open Terminal and type:
gem install grit
- Download GitNub here (or more specifically here if you want to use the 0.9.1 version that I am).
- Extract the zip. Drag GitNub.app into your Applications folder.
- Move/copy nub into:
- In Finder, navigate to /Applications. Right-click GitNub.app and select Show Package Contents. In the window that opens, navigate to Contents/Resources.
- Open TexturedWindow.rb in your favorite editor. Change line 14:
self.setContentBorderThickness_forEdge(44.0, CGRectMinYEdge) self.registerForDraggedTypes([NSURLPboardType, NSFilenamesPboardType])
- Save the file.
That’s it. To use it just navigate to your Git repository via Terminal and type
The install process is definitely a PITA (especially with the required bugfix), but the app seems a little more polished (visually at least) than GitX. Hopefully they implement a way to open a repository without using the command-line though, as this is also a bit of a PITA.