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authorMatthieu Moy <>2016-02-25 08:37:26 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2016-02-25 17:33:57 (GMT)
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README: use markdown syntax
This allows repository browsers like GitHub to display the content of the file nicely formatted. Signed-off-by: Matthieu Moy <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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- Git - the stupid content tracker
-"git" can mean anything, depending on your mood.
- - random three-letter combination that is pronounceable, and not
- actually used by any common UNIX command. The fact that it is a
- mispronunciation of "get" may or may not be relevant.
- - stupid. contemptible and despicable. simple. Take your pick from the
- dictionary of slang.
- - "global information tracker": you're in a good mood, and it actually
- works for you. Angels sing, and a light suddenly fills the room.
- - "goddamn idiotic truckload of sh*t": when it breaks
-Git is a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an
-unusually rich command set that provides both high-level operations
-and full access to internals.
-Git is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public
-License version 2 (some parts of it are under different licenses,
-compatible with the GPLv2). It was originally written by Linus
-Torvalds with help of a group of hackers around the net.
-Please read the file INSTALL for installation instructions.
-See Documentation/gittutorial.txt to get started, then see
-Documentation/giteveryday.txt for a useful minimum set of commands, and
-Documentation/git-commandname.txt for documentation of each command.
-If git has been correctly installed, then the tutorial can also be
-read with "man gittutorial" or "git help tutorial", and the
-documentation of each command with "man git-commandname" or "git help
-CVS users may also want to read Documentation/gitcvs-migration.txt
-("man gitcvs-migration" or "git help cvs-migration" if git is
-Many Git online resources are accessible from
-including full documentation and Git related tools.
-The user discussion and development of Git take place on the Git
-mailing list -- everyone is welcome to post bug reports, feature
-requests, comments and patches to (read
-Documentation/SubmittingPatches for instructions on patch submission).
-To subscribe to the list, send an email with just "subscribe git" in
-the body to The mailing list archives are
-available at,
- and other archival sites.
-The maintainer frequently sends the "What's cooking" reports that
-list the current status of various development topics to the mailing
-list. The discussion following them give a good reference for
-project status, development direction and remaining tasks.