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Building Latest Git On Debian Lenny

Debian Lenny only provides Git 1.5.x out of the box, which is a pretty old git version. Following simple steps show how to update/build git from source:

$ sudo apt-get install tcl
$ sudo apt-get install tk
$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
$ sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf
$ cd /usr/local/src
$ sudo wget http://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/git-1.7.5.2.tar.bz2
$ # or download one from: https://github.com/github/git if kernel.org is down (has happened before)
$ sudo bunzip2 git-1.7.5.2.tar.bz2 
$ sudo tar xvf git-1.7.5.2.tar 
$ cd git-1.7.5.2
$ make configure 
$ sudo ./configure 
$ sudo make && sudo make install

Make sure "/usr/local/bin" is in your PATH

$ git --version
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