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Why is the Mac OS X version always way behind the latest Git version?

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Is there a particular reason or is it that it's just not bothered being built that often that new versions of Git is released?

How can I build new versions of Git myself?

posted Apr 13, 2014 by Sanketi Garg

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If you want a newer version, you need to compile the source code. For that, clone the git repository (https://github.com/git/git ), follow the instructions in INSTALL file (https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/INSTALL )

answer Apr 13, 2014 by Anderson
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for my Linux-kernel build-script I am searching for a reliable check of getting the latest version.
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I know that v3.10 > v3.10-rcX, but not 'git tag' or 'sort --version-sort' :-). This seems from my poor sed/awk/grep skills to be the most reliable method...

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real 0m10.024s
user 0m5.611s
sys 0m4.857s

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